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Harlean Howard will become the city of Lancaster’s next police chief.
City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Howard, who’s in her 20th year with the Lancaster Police Department. She’s held the rank of captain since 2003.
Howard will succeed Hugh White, who recently announced plans to retire. White has been with the department since 1982, serving as chief the past 11 years.
Howard’s appointment as chief becomes effective Jan. 7.
Council met in closed session for more than an hour during a special meeting Tuesday. When council returned to open session, Councilman Kenny Hood motioned to appoint Howard.
He said the right decision was made.
“She worked her way up through the ranks. She deserves a chance,” said Hood, who chairs council’s police committee. “She has my support and I wish her the best.”
Look for a more detailed story in Friday's issue of The Lancaster News.
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at email@example.com or (803) 283-1152