Newark appoints 1st female police chief

August 3, 2011 5:13:02 PM PDT
New Jersey's largest city has appointed its first female police chief.

The Newark City Council approved the re-establishment of the police chief position Wednesday, and Mayor Cory Booker named veteran officer Sheilah Coley to fill the job.

Coley's appointment still must be confirmed by the council.

The police chief post was eliminated three years ago under former Police Director Garry McCarthy.

The council also was also expected to vote Wednesday to confirm acting Police Director Samuel DeMaio, who will be Coley's boss.