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March 17, 2016

Darby Township hires first female police chief in Delaware County

Regina Price will be the first female police chief in Delco

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Maj. Regina Price served for 30 years in the Riviera Beach Police Department in Florida.

Darby Township has tapped a new person to head its police department who will make history as the first female police chief in Delaware County.

As the Delaware County Daily Times reported, the town hired Regina Price last week after a national search that started in November. A member of the Riviera Beach Police Department in Florida for 30 years, she rose to the rank of major and just retired from that force this December — making her the unusual case of someone who retires and moves out of Florida.

The terms of her contract are under review, but she is expected to sign on shortly and start on either April 1 or April 13.

Town officials say they were impressed by her experience and her thorough preparation. She spoke with residents and got to know the area before her job interview, then came in ready with a 90-day plan for the town.

The Riviera Beach Police Department website noted that Price has three sons, whom she raised while working full-time and studying for her Masters in Public Administration. Divisions she's worked in include communications, road patrol, support services and D.A.R.E., according to the RBPD Facebook page.

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Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Price would be the first female African-American police chief in Pennsylvania.  The police chief of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, Ophelia Coleman, is African-American and was hired in 2006