RaShall M. Brackney

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RaShall M. Brackney has been Charlottesville's Police Chief since summer 2018. [1] She is the first African-American woman to serve as the city’s police chief. Brackney succeeded Al Thomas, the city’s first African-American police chief.

RaShall M. Brackney

Biographical Information

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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. [2]


  1. Web. Brackney officially chosen as Charlottesville police chief, Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, May 21, 2018, retrieved May 28, 2018.
  2. Web. At Chamber lunch, Brackney gets "real," discusses race challenges, Melissa Castro, News Article, Charlottesville Daily Progress, August 28, 2018, retrieved August 30, 2018.

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