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Sheriff's office names 1st woman deputy chief in 200 years

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A black Alabama woman in law enforcement continues to make history.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that Felicia Rucker-Summerlin was named the first female deputy chief in the agency's 200-year history.

Rucker-Summerlin joined the department in 1990. She was promoted to sergeant in 2004 supervising several divisions. She was then promoted to lieutenant in 2008 and in 2016 became the first black female captain.

Rucker-Summerlin told that she took advantage of every educational and leadership training opportunity. She says she talks to all the female deputies in the department and tells them to do all they can to be the best.

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