Beginning next month, Charlottesville will have a new police chief, an African-American woman who is a 30-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the former chief of the George Washington University Police.
The last chief left amid concerns about his handling of last summer’s deadly rally by white nationalists. The new chief is RaShall Brackney, who made a positive impression on City Councilwoman Kathy Galvin. “What I heard from her was a decided orientation towards community partnership, and moving away from a warrior model of policing to a guardian model of policing.”
Brackney says she’s read the report about what went wrong during the rally and how to make it right. “We have to make sure that we embrace recommendations and build on those recommendations.”
She begins her new job June 18th, about two months before the first anniversary of the rally.