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MCP Mourns the Loss of Former Chief, Carol A. Mehrling

For Immediate Release: Sunday, June 14, 2015

Today we mourn the loss of retired Chief of Police Carol A. Mehrling.

Chief Mehrling was the first woman Chief of Police of Montgomery County and at the time of her appointment to Chief, MCP was the second-largest police department in the United States ever lead by a woman.

On March 29, 1971, Mehrling, a native of Silver Spring, joined the department’s all-female-juvenile aid bureau, the only place on the force where women officers were allowed to work at that time. The force then had about 250 officers, and only five were women.

As restrictions on the placement of women officers were eliminated, Mehrling moved on to other specialized assignments. She was the first woman to serve in many specialized and supervisory assignments throughout the Department.

In 1995, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan selected Mehrling to become the Police Chief where she served with distinction.  Mehrling retired as Chief in 1999 after leading the force for four years.  Her total police service spanned three decades.

"Chief Mehrling was ahead of her time in so many ways", says current Chief of Police Tom Manger. "Not only was she a trailblazer for women in police work, but she brought a compassion and spirit for public service that made her a great cop."

May we remember her today.


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Release ID: 15-176
Media Contact: mcpnews 
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