Lewis Named First Female Lieutenant

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

January 16, 2007

After a long and competitive application process Police Chief Longo announced Wendy Lewis would fill the position of midnight shift lieutenant.

“And at the three o’clock in the morning she represents this police department and she'll be the decision maker,” said Longo.

Longo said the process of choosing a person to fill a rank includes a written test, an interview with other police agencies through out the state, and a review of communication and leadership skills. After the process was finished Lewis was one of the first to find out.

“He came into my office and I knew that the process was over and that he was getting ready to announce it. He said 'Wendy I’m really in a state of dilemma.' And I asked him what was the problem, don't worry I wont cry. And he said, 'no I’m in a dilemma about who I’m going to put into internal affairs lieutenant', and that's when he told me,” said Lewis.

Lewis said she is excited about her new position and that her experience as a sergeant will help her with her new job.

“To be able to have been there as a sergeant and experience the things that I now will supervise is very imperative and that's why the process you have at have a certain amount of time as a sergeant before you can even apply to go on to the next rant,” said Lewis.

When asked what her favorite part of being in law enforcement was, she had a hard time coming up with just one aspect.

“It’s really hard to isolate one thing because its different every day,” said Lewis.

A promotions ceremony will be held for Wendy this Friday. She begins her first night as lieutenant on Sunday.

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