RaShall M. Brackney

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RaShall M. Brackney was named as the new Charlottesville Police Chief on May 21, 2018. [1] She is the first African-American woman to serve as the city’s police chief. Brackney will succeed Al Thomas, the city’s first African-American police chief.

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Brackney grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of a white father and a black mother. She has over 30 years of police experience in Pittsburgh and for George Washington University. In her late 40's, Brackney received a master's and a Ph.D. She is married to Stefan Wheelock. [2]


  1. Web. Brackney officially chosen as Charlottesville police chief, Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, May 21, 2018, retrieved May 28, 2018.
  2. Web. At Chamber lunch, Brackney gets "real," discusses race challenges, Melissa Castro, News Article, Charlottesville Daily Progress, August 28, 2018, retrieved August 30, 2018.

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