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Santa Monica names its first female police chief

April 2, 2012 |  5:11 pm

Jacqueline Seabrooks is chosen as police chief for Santa MonicaSanta Monica on Monday named Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks as chief of the city's Police Department.

Seabrooks, 50, spent 25 years at the Santa Monica Police Department, where she rose from officer to captain before being named chief in Inglewood 4 1/2 years ago. She will assume her new post in May, succeeding Timothy J. Jackman, who retired. Jackman's predecessor was James T. Butts, now mayor of Inglewood, who had previously served for two decades with that city's Police Department.

A board member of the California Police Chiefs Assn., Seabrooks holds a master's degree in public policy and administration from Cal State Long Beach and a bachelor's in public administration from Cal State Dominguez Hills. She was chosen after a three-month, nationwide search.

Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould said Seabrooks provided "great service to [Inglewood] in stabilizing and improving law enforcement services, despite tremendous external scrutiny and budgetary pressures."

As chief, Seabrooks will receive a salary of $238,752 and manage a department with 443 employees and a budget of more than $70 million.

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Photo: Jacqueline Seabrooks. Credit: Courtesy Santa Monica Police Department

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