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Black Woman Named Chief of Police in Atlanta

October 27, 1994

ATLANTA (AP) _ A black woman who missed getting the job four years ago was named head of the city’s police department on Wednesday.

Beverly Harvard, a 21-year veteran of the force, has worked a beat, served as an affirmative action specialist and been spokeswoman for the missing and murdered children task force.

Since 1982, she held the post of deputy chief.

″She’s probably in a better position than anyone over there to give direction, leadership and vision,″ said former Public Safety Commissioner George Napper, who promoted Harvard to deputy chief.

She is the first black woman to head a big city department, Mayor Bill Campbell said.

Harvard, 43, lost the chief’s job in 1990 to Eldrin Bell, a tough street cop. She assumed command in April when Bell retired over management differences with Campbell.

″She’s well-educated and well-respected around the nation,″ Bell said. He said Harvard scored second, behind him, on an examination given by the mayor in 1990.

Mrs. Harvard has commanded the Career Development Division, the Criminal Investigation Division and the Administrative Services Division.

She and her husband, Jimmy Harvard, have a 6-year-old daughter.

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