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Delaware State Police on Thursday named Melissa A. Zebley the agency's new superintendent, making a little history in the process.
Zebley, who is taking over for Nathaniel McQueen Jr., is the first woman to be named to the position since the agency formed in 1923.
Zebley, a 28-year veteran of the state police, was named lieutenant colonel last year, so her appointment to superintendent was not unexpected.
McQueen recently retired from the force and is the new secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
In her current position Zebley, 50, is responsible for internal affairs and is on the executive staff. Her former assignments include patrol trooper, patrol sergeant, public information officer, fiscal executive officer and troop commander.
Zebley "has a tremendous track record of leadership at the Delaware State Police, and is the right person to lead our largest police agency,”
Gov. John Carney said in a statement. “A 28-year veteran of the State Police, Lt. Col. Zebley has the trust of community leaders not only in
New Castle County, but up and down our state. I know she will build on the good work of Colonel McQueen to keep Delaware safe and continue to establish trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve."
"I pledge to serve with the dignity and honor befitting the high standards of the agency,” Zebley said. “The Delaware State Police remain steadfast in our mission of service to all citizens and will continue on our course of community collaboration and progressive policing.”
Zebley earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware and a master's degree in the administration of justice from Wilmington University. She is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and a graduate of the 235th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy.
Since 2003, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at Wilmington University, teaching in the undergraduate and graduate Criminal Justice Programs.