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* Diana Bishop Named First Female Police Chief for San Rafael

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Diana Bishop will be sworn in as San Rafael’s new police chief this evening. Bishop, 50, who served 26 years with the Santa Clara Police Department, most recently as an investigations division captain, will be the first woman to head San Rafael’s police department. She is the city’s 16th police chief, and succeeds Chief Matthew Odetto, who retired in September.

Jeff Franzini served as interim chief after Odetto stepped down. Bishop will lead the 87-member department, which has an annual budget of $18 million, police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said. She will earn $151,884 a year. She will be sworn in at 6 p.m. in the San Rafael City Council chambers at City Hall. A brief reception will follow the ceremony.

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