VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta Police Department Interim Chief Leslie Manahan has been appointed Chief of Police, effective March 1, the city announced Friday.
Manahan has been the interim police chief since September 2018. She is the first female police chief in the department’s history.
Originally from Marietta, Manahan moved to Valdosta in 1990 to attend Valdosta State University and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education.
She began her career at the Valdosta Police Department in 1997 as a Patrol Officer, and climbed the ranks of the Valdosta Police Department from Field Training Officer to Road Sergeant and then to Lieutenant of the Investigations Unit.
In 2013, Manahan was appointed Commander of the Investigations Bureau, overseeing the investigation of all major crimes in the city and assisted the chief with planning, budgeting, and managing the overall operation of the police department.
“Public Safety is extremely important to the City of Valdosta and someone of Leslie Manahan’s character and experience will allow current staff to continue to work at the best of their abilities to protect the public,” said Valdosta Mayor John Gayle. “I am confident that under Chief Manahan’s dedicated leadership, the Valdosta Police Department will continue to work diligently in protecting our community against crime and ensure the department is able to meet the growing needs of our community. Chief Manahan has grown through the ranks of VPD over the last 22 years and remains committed to ensuring the safety of everyone in Valdosta.”