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Norma Hardy Credit: 9/11 Tribute Museum

Vermont’s first Black female police chief has been hired in Brattleboro and will start her job this week, reports the Associated Press.

Town Manager Peter Elwell announced Monday that he appointed Norma Hardy, who “had a distinguished 26-year career with the Police Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,” according to a statement from his office. She was picked from a strong field of 23 candidates, he said.

“Chief Hardy brings to Brattleboro a wealth of law enforcement leadership experience and a demonstrated commitment to work with the community on recalibrating the roles and expectations of the police and our civilian community partners,” Elwell said in the statement. “She also brings lived experience outside of law enforcement that will help advance the town’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion.”