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Monroe Police Department appoints first female assistant chief



MONROE, La. – Mayor Friday Ellis, the Monroe City Council, and Police Chief Vic Zordan announced the appointment of Major Mary Ann Tellis as the Assistant Chief of Police of the Monroe Police Department.

City officials say a formal announcement will be made at a press conference on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 12:15 p.m. at the Public Safety Center. The center is located at 1810 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr.

According to a press release from the city, Tellis was hired as a Record Clerk in February 1988; she was moved to patrol in October 1988. That same year, she was awarded Outstanding Young Officer of the Year. In 1991, Tellis helped start the DARE program for MPD; she ultimately became the first African American female President of the Louisiana DARE Officer Association in 2000.

The press release says in 2000, Tellis became a school resource officer, then she became a certified SRO Supervisor. Tellis was promoted to Sergeant in April 2002. In January 2009, Tellis was promoted to Lieutenant and in September 2014, she was promoted to Captain. Tellis was promoted to Major in December 2015. In July, Tellis took the civil service test for Assistant Chief and scored a 96%.