Woman Officer Makes History at Duluth Police Dept.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:11pm
FOX 21 News, KQDS-DT
DULUTH - Being a woman in charge in a male-dominated field is nothing but normal to the Duluth Police Department's new deputy chief.
From a stereotypical female role as a stay at home mom, to a conventional male duty, the cliche gender roles are no match to Ann Clancey's history of hard work.
She started with the Duluth P.D. when she was 30 years old, and during that time, she was promoted to sergeant, lieutenant, and now to deputy chief.
"Each time that I would obtain a promotion or a new assignment, there's always a little scuddle about 'well, she's a female,'" Clancey said, "But each time I was able to prove that I was worthy of the job and I've been successful and moved on to the next thing. I'll do the same with this."
Clancey started with the Duluth Police Department 18 years ago, but 2014 was going to be a life changing year for her, and not in the way she had expected.
"I was on my way out the door to retirement when I was offered this position," Deputy Chief Clancey explained.
She was only four shifts away from retiring with her husband when she got the call, and says it was an opportunity that she couldn't turn down.
She would be the first ever female deputy chief, the highest rank a woman has ever held in the Duluth Police Department.
Deputy Chief Clancey says, "A chance to impact the community on a whole different level, a chance to influence the police department on a whole different level. I felt that I had more that I could add and offer, so I took the job."
So far, the feedback she's received has made her realize that taking the job was much more than to protect and serve.
Women have been approaching her and thanking her for showing that women can be in a role like hers.
Clancey says she's looked up to many women in the force who have helped pave the way to her success, and she hopes to do the same for the younger females coming on.
"If I were to give advice to another woman, I would say to continue to work hard, and to believe that you can achieve what you set your mind to and hope to achieve."