Lincoln mayor chooses first female, LGBTQ police chief

The police department in Nebraska's capitol city is getting new leadership. 

Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird, Monday announced the nomination of Teresa Ewins as Lincoln's new chief of police. 

After approval by the Lincoln City Council, she will take over the post on August 30th. 

Ewins has risen through the ranks of the San Francisco Police Department since she joined the organization in 1994. 

Over the course of her 26-year policing career, she has served in the field operations, Investigations and Special Operations Bureau.

Ewins would be the first female police chief, if appointed by City Council. She would also be the city's first openly LGBTQ chief.

Ewins has served in the San Francisco Police Department since 1994 in a variety of roles, including the agency’s field operations bureau, investigations bureau and special operations bureau.

As the commander of the field operations bureau, she oversaw five of the city’s 10 district stations in downtown San Francisco, with about 900 sworn members. She also worked within the department to develop policies designed to minimize bias in policing.

Ewins also won the endorsement of the city’s police union, which said in a statement that Ewins stood above the rest of the field and urged Gaylor Baird to nominate her. Ewins will replace Jeff Bliemeister, who left in January to take a private sector job, and Brian Jackson, who has been serving as the city’s acting police chief.

“I really look forward to just getting to know Lincoln and LPD officers, command staff, and working with the community,” Ewins said at the news conference via a video link from California.

The other finalists for the chief job were former Mesa, Arizona, police chief Ramon Batista; Darryl McSwain, the chief of the Montgomery County Division of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police; and Genelle Moore, a retired Lincoln Police Department captain.