Lt. Col. Melissa Zebley has been appointed as the Superintendent of Delaware State Police, becoming the first woman to assume the command.
Zebley takes over at the helm after Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr. retired and was confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security on May 27, 2020.
“Lieutenant Colonel Zebley has served the Delaware State Police and the citizens of the state of Delaware with distinction.” McQueen said in a written statement. “She will continue to build on the foundation and the rich history of the Delaware State Police as she guides the agency forward.”
Zebley, who's a 28-year veteran of the Delaware State Police, serves on the executive staff and currently oversees internal affairs. Zebley said in a written statement she's humbled and honored.
"I pledge to serve with the dignity and honor befitting the high standards of the agency,” Lieutenant Colonel Zebley said. “The Delaware State Police remain steadfast in our mission of service to all citizens and will continue on our course of community collaboration and progressive policing.”
Governor John Carney said Zebley is up to the challenge.
“Lt. Col. Zebley has a tremendous track record of leadership at the Delaware State Police, and is the right person to lead our largest police agency” said Governor Carney. “A 28-year veteran of the State Police, Lt. Col. Zebley has the trust of community leaders not only in New Castle County, but up and down our state. I know she will build on the good work of Colonel McQueen to keep Delaware safe and continue to establish trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve."
Chief Susanna Capps, who heads up the Alabama Highway Patrol, is believed to be the only other female leader of a state police/highway patrol.
This story will be updated.