During her tenure as a law enforcement official, Brackney has overseen SWAT teams, hostage negotiations, special events, patrol operations and major crimes, the city said in a statement.
She was the top choice out of 169 applicants, Jones said.
“Chief Brackney is very mindful of the expectations of modern police departments and I’m confident she will work diligently to ensure the men and women of the Charlottesville Police Department continue to live up to those high standards,” he said.
Brackney will be the first permanent successor of Chief Al Thomas, who retired in December. Thomas, who was 50 at the time, left after the release of a scathing report about the August “Unite the Right” rally that found serious police and government failures in responding to the violence that erupted.
The City Council will formally consider Brackney’s appointment at a meeting Monday. The council members participated in conducting interviews for the job and spoke favorably about Brackney at the news conference.
She is expected to begin work on June 18. Her starting salary will be $140,000, city spokesman Brian Wheeler said.
Charlottesville’s four top officers will jointly supervise the department in conjunction with Jones’ office in the meantime, Wheeler said.
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