By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ROCK FALLS, Ill. (AP) - Tammy Nelson looks forward to the day when no one bats an eye at the idea of a woman serving as police chief.

The 50-year-old police veteran has been named to the top spot in Rock Falls - the first woman chief in the Sauk Valley.

Nelson told the (Dixon) Telegraph ( ) that male-dominated law enforcement is changing.

She says men in law enforcement are generally accepting of women. She says she’s never had issues in her department even as she rose in the ranks.

The 1982 Sterling High School graduate joined the force in Rock Falls - about 115 miles west of Chicago - in 1991 as a dispatcher. She became an officer in 1993.

As chief, she says her top priority is mobile computers in squad cars.

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