JPD promotes first female assistant chief

Jonesboro Police Department promotes 5 officers

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - In more than 30 years with the Jonesboro Police Department, Lynn Waterworth has achieved what few women have.

She was the first woman to be promoted to sergeant, then lieutenant followed by captain.

Now, she can add another first.

On Tuesday, she became the department’s first woman assistant police chief.

Citizens, friends, and families packed E. Boone Watson Community Center to watch as she and four other officers received promotions.

“I walked in the Jonesboro Police Department to go to work on June 27, 1988,” Waterworth said. “I never dreamed all these years later, I’d still be here.”

During that time, she’s watched the department grow to include more women and minorities.

“We are becoming what we should be to represent the city,” Waterworth said.

Other officers promoted during Tuesday’s ceremony included:

  • Detective Byran Davis and Corporal Josh Beasley to sergeant.
  • Sergeant Trey Dupuy to lieutenant
  • Lieutenant Steve McDaniel to captain.

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