Chief Ken Burton announced the new Deputy Chief of the Columbia Police Department this morning. Captain Dianne Bernhard, a 20 year police veteran will now be responsible for overseeing the work of the police department's three main bureaus: Patrol, Operations Support and Administrative.
The Police Human Recourses Department says 33 people applied for the position. The competition for the job was nationwide, but the board opted for a local person. Bernhard said she was honored and humbled by the experience.
“It’s quite an honor to work alongside the men and women of the Columbia Police Department, working for the city of Columbia, which is the city that I love," said Bernhard.
There have been other promotions in the department too. Jill Schlude who also applied for Deputy chief position will move from the Public Relations Unit to managing Operations Support Bureau. Schlude has been with the Columbia Police since 2005.