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Chief Best Announces New Assistant Chiefs

After careful consideration following a national search, I am pleased to announce the promotion of two members of the Department to Assistant Chief.

Deanna Nollette will serve as Assistant Chief of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. Assistant Chief Nollette has been with the Department for 22 years, and has helped further our collaboration with regional and federal partners on multi-agency drug takedowns and large scale, long-running criminal investigations. She is a proven leader, and has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to service and our city.

Steve Hirjak will assume the role of Assistant Chief of Homeland Security/Special Operations. A 25-year law enforcement veteran, Assistant Chief Hirjak has been a leader across the Department, and most recently served as Captain of the Education and Training Section. Prior to that, he played an instrumental role on our Force Investigations Team through our reform process, and is a national trainer on unbiased investigation and review of use of force incidents. Assistant Chief Hirjak is conscientious, professional and dedicated to creating safer communities.

In their time serving in their respective interim roles, Assistant Chiefs Nollette and Hirjak have proven they are the best people for these permanent positions. They bring diverse backgrounds and experiences, and I am confident they will lead their respective bureaus with honor and professionalism.

I am also pleased to announce that Captain Paul McDonagh will serve as Captain of the Violent Crimes Section. Lieutenant Shanon Anderson will continue to serve as Acting Captain of the Training and Education Section until a permanent Captain is selected.

These changes are effective today.

Congratulations to these exceptional leaders.