WICC’s midday host Lisa Wexler on Thursday interviewed retired Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia one day after she put in her papers.
Garcia was circumspect in her responses ranging from the police chief selection, time on the job during challenging times and her future plans.
After being on call for most of her career, she explained she will go on vacation and ponder what the future holds.
Garcia had been appointed assistant chief then acting chief more than two years ago by Mayor Joe Ganim following the test-cheating scandal involving Armando Perez. Ganim’s appointment made her the first Latina in history to lead the department.
Following a national search, Ganim selected Roderick Porter chief among two other finalists Garcia and Captain Lonnie Blackwell. Upon hearing the news Garcia announced she would retire. She did not attend Porter’s swearing-in ceremony Thursday night.
In Wexler’s interview Garcia did not rule out a run for public office, a product of anti-Ganim operatives urging her to get involved.
One of the criticisms City Hall had of Garcia was her reluctance to leverage media platforms to engage the public. In this exit interview she comes across thoughtfully warm, something that would have certainly benefited her application as permanent chief by raising her community profile.
Listen to interview here.