North Idaho city appoints only female police chief in state

A new northern Idaho police chief will soon become the state’s only woman leading a city policy agency.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports that 45-year-old Tomi McLean will take over as Rathdrum’s police chief on Jan. 1. She has been working as an officer with the small citY–which has a population around 8,000–since 1994.

The city council unanimously appointed McLean into the position earlier this week.

McLean says she’s waited a long time to become chief and is appreciative of the confidence the community has placed in her.

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Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com