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Chief Erika Shields Elected to Board of Major Cities Chiefs Association

Post Date:01/04/2019 1:07 PM

Chief Erika Shields Elected to Board of Major Cities Chiefs Association

ATLANTA – Chief Erika Shields has been elected to represent the Eastern Region on the board of directors for the Major Cities Chiefs Association, an influential professional organization of police executives representing the largest cities in the United States and Canada.

Chief Shields, who joined the Atlanta Police Department in 1995 after a brief career as a stockbroker, was appointed in December 2016 as Chief of the Atlanta Police Department – only the second woman to hold the top job.

“It’s an honor to help represent the interests of police chiefs all across America and to be a strong voice advocating for the needs of law enforcement in urban areas,” said Chief Shields. “We share many of the same challenges and our ability to clearly articulate our needs and positions is critical to fighting crime and better serving our communities.”

The Major Cities Chiefs Association provides a unique forum for urban police, sheriffs and other law enforcement chief executives to discuss common problems, to share information and problem-solving strategies. MCCA articulates the public safety needs of large cities in the formulation of criminal justice policy.

Chief Shields was elected by her colleagues on the Major Cities Chiefs Association to be one of two Eastern Region representatives on the board. The other is Chief Jim Cervera of the Virginia Beach Police Department. The position is for a two-year term.

“We are delighted to have Chief Shields join the Board,” said Executive Director Richard W. “Rick” Myers of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. “Her experience and perspective will serve us very well and she is well respected by her peers within the Major Cities Chiefs.”

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