Karen Webb has been announced as the new Police Commissioner for NSW.
Her appointment comes months after Mick Fuller revealed he would stand down from the top job.
Mr Fuller took the reigns from Andrew Scipione in 2017.
The 53-year-old’s five-year contract expires in April next year and he is earlier announced he would not extend his contract prompting a race to replace him.
Ms Webb, the deputy commissioner for corporate services, will be the first woman to hold the top position.
She joined the NSW Police force in 1987 as an officer at the Castle Hill station in Sydney.
She worked at a unit preventing child mistreatment, the drug enforcement agency and with the police commands in Lismore and western Sydney before being promoted to commander of the traffic and highway patrol in 2020.
Ms Webb was elevated from assistant commissioner to deputy commissioner in July this year.
Commissioner Fuller began as a police cadet in Kogarah in 1987 and had worked in the force for more than three decades, during which, he helped lead the state’s Covid response.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet made the announcement on Wednesday.
“I believe that deputy commissioner Webb has the honesty, integrity and the drive to lead the NSW Police force at this challenging time,” he told reporters at Parliament House.
“This is an important role. It is an important role, not just in leading the 17,000 members of the NSW Police force, but importantly, ensuring the safety of the eight million people in NSW.
“She will do a very, very good job.
Police Minister David Elliott said it was a “very exciting day for the police family” but he was sorry to see Mick Fuller go.
“He inherited a police force with significant challenges,” Mr Elliott said.
“And as if by osmosis, a lot of those challenges were addressed, bringing it into a very, very efficient law enforcement agency which, quite frankly, is now respected across the world.”
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