Black Girl Magic: Hyattsville, MD’s First African American Mayor Swears In City’s First Woman And African American Chief Of Police


December 14, 2018

Photo via: Candace Hollingsworth

On Thursday, Mayor Candace Hollingsworth (Hyattsville, Maryland’s first African American and youngest mayor) was a part of another historic moment when she swore in the city’s first woman chief of police, Amal Awad. 

This also makes Awad the first African American and the first member of the LGBTQ community to lead the City of Hyattsville Police Department. Tracey Nicholson-Douglas, the first African American woman to be the City Administrator since 2014, also attended Awad’s swearing in ceremony. 


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ICYMI: We made history today as @mayorcbh swore in Amal Awad as the first female, first African American, and first member of the LGBTQ community to serve as Hyattsville’s Chief of Police. #Proud #HCPD #HereInHVL

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Now, for the first time in the city’s 132-year history, Hyattsville is being led by three Black women in the highest ranking positions of government. After assuming the role of interim chief of police a few months ago, Awad said:

“I feel honored to have been entrusted to lead our agency moving forward as the interim chief of police. I, as all of our officers, take great pride in this agency and the city, and look forward to learning, leading, and growing with our talented group of men and women, and the members of this beautiful community.”

Congratulations, Chief Awad!


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