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Monroe's first female chief of police now in law school, running for office

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MONROE, NC (WBTV) -

Former Monroe Police Chief Debra Duncan is adjusting to her new role in civilian life.

WBTV caught up with Duncan over the weekend as she worked on cleaning out her office.

She served as Monroe's chief of police for seven years and was the first woman to ever hold that post.

But that is not what she is most proud of during her tenure.

"The thing I'm the most proud of I think is bringing the department together. When I came here it was divided, there were some issues. We brought the department together, we forged ahead and got the department nationally accredited or internationally  and I think that is what I am most proud of," Duncan said.

Duncan was the first woman to be promoted to the rank of captain at the High Point Police Department. She went on to become the first woman as chief at Virginia Tech and the City of Monroe.

Duncan says that she never looked at the significance of her being a woman.

"look at it as doing the job, doing the job well."
 
Duncan's tenure was not without some controversy.

She did not always see eye to eye with members of the Monroe City Council and the former city manager.

But Duncan feels like she left the police department in better shape than she found it.

"This is just a first rate organization and everybody gets along well and I am just proud to have been a part of it."

She will now focus on law school, which she started recently.

She's running for a seat on the Monroe City Council.

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