The St. Louis County, Mo., Police Department, which was prominently in the news after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson six years ago, has named its first female police chief. After input from the public, the Board of Police Commissioners named Captain Mary Barton the new chief, reports KMOV-TV.
Barton was one of eight candidates for the position. Chief Jon Belmar announced he would retire on April 30. Barton joined the department in 1978 and has served with Greater St. Louis Area Major Case Squad for more than 25 years. “I have had the pleasure of working with Lieutenant Colonel Barton for many years,” Belmar said. “I am confident that she possesses the abilities to lead this Police Department. I look forward to working alongside her in the transition leading up to my retirement.”