- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council has approved the appointment of the city’s first female police chief.

The move on Tuesday puts new Chief Shelley Zimmerman in charge of more than 1,800 officers and makes San Diego the biggest current U.S. city to have a woman as its top cop.

New Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who was sworn in Monday, announced the choice of Zimmerman last week to replace the retiring William Landsowne, who retired after 11 years as chief.

The 69-year-old Landsowne retired amid allegations of on-the-job sexual misconduct from his male officers against women in their custody.

Faulconer said the 54-year-old Zimmerman, previously an assistant chief, was the right person to correct such problems.

Zimmerman has been with the San Diego Police Department for 31 years is its 34th chief.

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