RaShall M. Brackney

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Dr. RaShall M. Brackney
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Chief of Police for Charlottesville, ca. 2018

Charlottesville police chief
Term Start June 18, 2018

Biographical Information

Dr. RaShall M. Brackney become Chief of Police of the Charlottesville Police Department on June 18, 2018. Before joining the Police Department, Brackney was a 30-year veteran from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and served as the former police chief of George Washington University. [1]

Brackney is the first African-American woman to serve as the city’s Chief of Police. She succeeded Al Thomas, the city’s first African-American in the post. Thomas retired[2] after the release of former federal prosecutor hired by the city Tim Heaphy’s critical report on how the violent events from the summer of 2017 were handled.


Brackney's starting salary was $140,000.[3]

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Finalists: Dallas police chief job

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax on Thursday, December 10, 2020, announced seven finalists to replace U. Reneé Hall as the city's next Police Chief. Brackney was selected as a finalist and will receive an interview. She is the only woman finalist and one of two who work outside of Texas. The position will be open following the resignation of Police Chief U. Reneé Hall, who decided to step down following fallout from summer protests and increased crime in the city, according to The Dallas Morning News. To mitigate spread of the coronavirus outbreak during the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual interactions are taking the place of in-person community panels and interviews. The city of Dallas hired a firm in October 2020 to lead the national search for its next police chief. The firm conducted community surveys in November 2020, and it received 36 applications for the position. Dallas hopes to have a new police chief selected by January 1, 2021.[4]


Brackney grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of a white father and a black mother. She has over 30 years of police experience in Pittsburgh and for George Washington University. In her late 40's, Brackney received a master's and a Ph.D. She is married to Stefan Wheelock. [5]

Education & Certifications

Dr. Brackney earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. from Robert Morris University. Additionally, she has earned numerous professional certifications to include the Command Institute for Police Executives and the Police Executive Research Forum. Dr. Brackney is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia; the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection course in Washington, D.C.; Redstone Arsenal "Bomb School" for managers in Huntsville, Alabama and Leadership Pittsburgh XIX.[6]


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