Deputy Chief Kimberley Jacobs was named the new chief of the Columbus Division of Police on Thursday.
She takes over for retiring Chief Walter Distelzweig, who left his post in January.
Jacobs is the 32nd police chief in the city's history and the first female chief, 10TV’s Jessa Goddard reported.
She has been with the Columbus Division of Police since 1979 and was most recently assigned to the Administrative Subdivision.
Jacobs was the first woman on the force to be promoted to Commander in 1995 and to Deputy Chief in 2009.
Jacobs said that working her way through the ranks earned her the respect of the police force, Goddard reported.
“The people that know me respect me for the job that I do and the passion that I have and the commitment that I have,” Jacobs said. “They know that I work very long hours, trying to get everything done that needs to be done. And that’s really what you have to do around our department.”
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