Wetumpka swears in first female police chief

Dixon is the first female Wetumpka police chief.
Dixon is the first female Wetumpka police chief.

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - History happened Monday in Wetumpka, a new police chief is in office.

It took all of five minutes for Wetumpka to make history, but it didn't take long for the new chief to let folks know what is on her mind.

"I really do have just one thing to say. Thank you all for coming and just get ready because there is nothing like having a woman in charge," said Celia Dixon. Dixon is Wetumpka's first female police chief.

"It's a little overwhelming but we're very excited," says Sara, Celia's daughter.  "She's been on law enforcement so long and I think that this is a job that she definitely is capable of doing," says Casey Dixon.

Dixon has spent all of her working life in law enforcement.  She rose to the rank of major with the Montgomery Police Department and she just retired after 27 years.

Former Montgomery First Lady, Anita Folmar describes Dixon as very funny but tough as nails.  "She was strong and she was sure of herself which I liked," says Folmar.

Dixon's husband is also in law enforcement.  He is proud in spite of the dangers that go with the job.  "You're concerned about the danger of it. I think you get used to that state of worry and you learn to carry that," explains Randy Dixon.

Since there isn't as much crime in Wetumpka as there is in Montgomery, because it's smaller, Chief Dixon says a lot of her work will be in community relation, getting to know the people and the businesses in her community.