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First woman promoted to Assistant Police Chief in City’s history

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announced today his promotion of the first woman to the position of Assistant Police Chief. Effective April 19, 2008, Deputy Chief Geraldine J. Garcia will be the first Hispanic woman in the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) to serve as Assistant Chief on the Police Chief’s Command Staff. As Assistant Police Chief, Garcia will oversee the Tactical Support Division and the Investigations Division, as the Commander of the Administration Bureau.

“Assistant Chief Garcia’s commitment, experience and dedication will be a true asset to both the citizens of San Antonio and the SAPD,” said McManus. “With this appointment, the San Antonio Police Department will continue to move forward in our commitment to provide quality services.”

Prior to Garcia’s promotion, she commanded the SAPD Administrative Division and was responsible for overseeing the Resource & Planning Section, Communication and Transportation Section, Property Section, Training Academy, Records Section, Internal Affairs and Fiscal Operational Support Section.

Garcia has served in the Department for 25 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University, as well as a Master of Science in Justice Policy from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

“I am pleased that Chief Garcia has earned this promotion,” said City Manager Sheryl Sculley. “During my tenure as City Manager, the first female Assistant Police and Fire Chiefs have been promoted.”

Assistant Fire Chief Yvette Granato was promoted on February 13, 2008 and District Fire Chief Brooke Hildreth was promoted on January 10, 2008.

Pending the outcome of the current investigation, Assistant Police Chief Rudy Gonzales will assume responsibilities as a Police Captain assigned as a Night Commander. Until the investigation is completed, he will remain on Administrative Leave.

Please contact Sergeant Gabe Trevino at the SAPD Public Information Office for more information at 207-7579.