The town’s new police chief started her new role Monday.
She will be sworn in Thursday, June 16, at Morrisville Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive.
The Chapel Hill native was selected from 70 applicants and replace Interim Chief Felicia Sykes. Sykes had served in the interim role for about five months after Ira Jones retired last year after 11 years as chief.
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Andrews, 42, attended Chapel Hill High School and graduated with a degree in criminal justice from N.C. Central University. She graduated from West Point Leadership Academy in 2011 and recently completed the FBI’s National Academy training.
She said in April that she was drawn to Morrisville’s size, having grown up in Chapel Hill. She said she plans to emphasize community policing.
“Being from Chapel Hill, there is a bit of me that still is drawn to a town,” Andrews said. “The attraction of being a part of a smaller agency, a smaller town, but one that is still very up-and-coming.”
Andrews will supervise about 35 people in the department. Her salary will be $110,000.
While Morrisville’s crime rate is relatively low – there has been one homicide since 2000 – the department hasn’t added any new positions since 2008. Town Manager Martha Paige has asked for five new positions in the upcoming budget – four officers and a records clerk.
On June 16, a reception with light refreshments will follow the swearing-in ceremony. Parking is available near Town Hall.