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Woman Appointed Deputy Chief of Pasadena Police Department For First Time

Veteran officer is first woman in that role in 130 years

Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 2:51 pm
The Pasadena Police Dept. has named Commander Cheryl Moody as the department's Deputy Chief.

The Pasadena Police Chief has appointed Commander Cheryl Moody the department’s Deputy Chief.

Moody will begin in her new role on Feb. 17th. Moody is the first woman in the police department’s more than 130-year history, to serve as Deputy Chief.

“We are very proud of Cheryl Moody as she embarks on her new role,” Chief of Police John Perez told Pasadena Now. “We are equally proud that she is the first woman to serve in this role and are excited for the opportunities it provides to the City of Pasadena.”

Moody was hired as a police officer with the Pasadena Police Department in 1992 after serving three years in the United States Air Force and four years with the Long Beach Police Department.

At that time, cocaine use was running rampant in the city. Moody worked undercover on drug detail posing as a buyer and a dealer.

“I’m honored and humbled,” Moody said. “I stood on the shoulders of giants to reach this level in the department. I look forward to serving the community in my current role.”

Moody has nearly three decades of policing experience, leading many high performing teams over the years such as the Special Enforcement Section.

She has served on Pasadena Police Department’s Executive Command Staff for five years and has held executive board positions with local and national chapters of The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Moody currently serves as the President of the Los Angeles County chapter of Women Leaders in Law Enforcement (WLLE).

Deputy Chief Moody will oversee all of Pasadena Police Department’s daily operations as well as the department’s special projects while continuing the department’s reorganization efforts.

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