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Howard County to appoint first African-American woman as police chief

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Posted at 10:05 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 22:06:54-05

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — The first African-American woman is set to be appointed as the new police chief for the Howard County Police Department.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is scheduled to name Lisa Myers as the department's Chief at a news conference on Tuesday morning in the Columbia/Ellicott Rooms at the George Howard Building.

Myers recently retired as a Howard County Police Department Captain after serving for the department since 1990. She began her career as a civilian Crime Laboratory Technician and worked within various areas of the police department, including the Chief of Staff, Patrol Division Watch Commander, Supervisor of Youth Services and Public Information Officer.

“I have dedicated my career to the Howard County Police Department and I look forward to leading the agency with transparency and accountability,” said Myers.

She is known for her notable success in management of operations focused on lowering crime and building community partnerships.

Myers has also represented the department in labor management negotiations and on multiple boards to include the Police Foundation, Citizens Advisory Council, African American Community Roundtable, and Police and Business Professionals Partnership.

She will become the Howard County Police Chief effective February 1.