At­lanta has its first openly gay po­lice chief

GA Voice - - Georgianews -

At­lanta Po­lice Chief Erika Shields came out in an in­ter­view with At­lanta Mag­a­zine. The rev­e­la­tion is part of a pro­file on the Chief in its June 2017 is­sue.

“In the wan­ing months of a lame duck mayor’s term, a time when other city of­fi­cials are pack­ing their boxes or pol­ish­ing their ré­sumés, Shields, the APD’s first openly gay chief and the sec­ond wo­man to lead the force, is chip­ping away at an am­bi­tious agenda for the 1,850-of­fi­cer de­part­ment,” the story read.

Shields was ap­pointed chief in De­cem­ber by Mayor Kasim Reed. When the new At­lanta mayor is elected this Novem­ber, they will have the op­tion of keep­ing her on or of fol­low­ing a decades-long tra­di­tion of ap­point­ing their own chief.

Prior to be­com­ing chief, Shields rose up the ranks of APD, pre­vi­ously serv­ing as the su­per­vi­sor for its LGBT li­aisons while she was chief of staff.

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