- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Jeri Williams has been sworn in Phoenix’s new police chief, the first female to hold that job in the city’s history.

Williams replaces Joseph Yahner, who retired after serving as Phoenix’s police chief since February 2015.

The Phoenix Police Department held back-to-back ceremonies for the outgoing and incoming chiefs Friday afternoon.

Williams previously worked for the department from 1989 to 2011, where she rose to the rank of assistant chief before taking the police chief job in Oxnard, California.

She was one of three finalists for the position as police chief in Arizona’s most populous city and was chosen for the job in July.

The Phoenix Police Department has nearly 4,000 employees and operates on a $475 million budget.

Williams is the mother of Phoenix Suns center Alan Williams.


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