Lanett hires its first female police chief

LANETT, AL (WTVM) - A Chambers County woman is making history after she was named the new Police Chief of Lanett by the mayor and city council this week.

Chief Angie Spates has been in law enforcement since 1991; she began her career at Lanett in 1998 as a patrol officer, and quickly moved into criminal investigations, where she's worked for 12 years.  She also spent three years as a U.S. Customs agent and Chambers County sheriff's deputy.

Spates says she's honored to make history in her hometown of Chambers County.

"It's an honor; I hope I can live up to the expectations and to what is expected of me," says Chief Spater. "I'll work hard and treat people fairly and make sure our officers understand our officers understand our number one priority is to make sure we are protecting the citizens and to be doing what is needed for them."

Chief Spates is replacing Ronnie Dollar who resigned after a year on the job.

She says Dollar was a great chief and she looks forward to working with him in his new position as an investigator at the Chambers County Sheriff's office.

Chief Spates says her passion is criminal investigations because she cares about the victims and seeing justice is done for family and friends.

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