NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Four years ago, a Norfolk police officer made history. Now that woman finds herself in the history books again - as Norfolk's interim chief of police.
WAVY News 10 was there in 2006 when Sharon Chamberlin rose to Norfolk's Assistant Chief of Police. At that time, she became the first woman in the department's 209 year history to reach such an accomplishment.
"It's been a wonderful career and, like I said, I attribute all of that to the people I work with, to my family who's constantly supported me through night shifts and challenges," Chamberlin said at the time.
Now Chamberlin has now found herself knee deep in her next challenge, as Norfolk's interim police chief.
Interim Chief Chamberlin found herself in that position Friday after Chief Bruce Marquis announced his retirement effective April 1st.
Marquis recently found himself under scrutiny for credit card spending and his handling of a Norfolk police recruit's death.
Chamberlin worked her way up the ranks. With 33 years under her belt, some say she could be just what the department needs.
"She's a highly qualified assistant chief and as interim chief I think she'll be quite fine," said Keith Winingear, President, Norfolk Fraternal Order Of Police.
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