JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It will be a historical moment at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Assistant Chief Deloris Patterson O'Neal is expected to be promoted to the rank of chief later this year. This will make her the first African-American female in the agency's history to hold that title.
The Jacksonville Brotherhood of Police Officers Inc. made the announcement on Facebook:
"We would like to take a moment to congratulate former Asst. Chief Deloris Patterson Oneal for being promoted to the rank of CHIEF," the Facebook post said. "We are excited to recognize Chief Patterson's historical moment. She is the first African American female in Jacksonville Sheriffs Office history to be promoted to the position of (full) Chief. We are proud of you Chief and we wish you all the best."