PERU, Ind. (AP) - The city of Peru has its first female police chief, but Jonie Kennedy says gender has never been a factor in her career decisions.
Kennedy was named chief in April and is one of about seven women to head police departments in Indiana.
The 45-year-old chief tells the Kokomo Tribune she has wanted to work in law enforcement since she was 3 years old. She joined the department at age 29 and has worked her way up through the ranks.
Kennedy says she never aspired to be chief but enjoyed her first midnight patrol job the most because it represented the "meat and potatoes of the department."
She says she hopes to get the city's officers out in the community more to interact with residents.
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