(Millington, TN) - When Lieutenant Rita Stanback is sworn in as the new Chief of Police in Millington, she will be making history twice as the first ever female and African-American police chief.
“I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about that,” said Stanback. “That’s one of the things people never thought would happen in the city of Millington.”
But it did and the moved shocked others as the 15-year veteran was promoted from Lieutenant to Chief, passing next-in-line guys like, Inspector Charlie Coleman. Even still, he is satisfied with the Mayor Linda Carter's choice, thankful the latest chief came from within the department. He says Stanback will do a great job.
“She's firm, really firm, because she's worked under me for six years,” said Coleman, as he smiled. “I never once went to her and she didn't complete the task.”
Coleman says he's behind the new chief one hundred percent. He says Stanback needs the support moving forward. Millington has faced a number of challenges over the last year, like when its former mayor was indicted on bribery charges.
“I’m hoping we can get past that and move on and bring something positive to the city,” said the new chief.
Stanback hopes to create better relationships between the department and the people in Millington. And as the city shapes a new future for itself, Stanback is grateful to be a part of it.
“This is new to me. I still have a lot to learn,” said Stanback. “Be patient with me, but I will do the best job that I can.”
The former chief, Ray Douglas, steps down officially on Friday. Stanback will be sworn in on June 14th in a ceremony.