North Las Vegas Police Chief Pamela Ojeda announced her retirement on Wednesday after more than three years in the post.
Ojeda, who became the department’s first female head in 2018, will officially retire on Jan.6, according to a statement from North Las Vegas officials. She has been with the ministry since 1995 when she was hired as a dispatcher.
During his tenure, Ojeda served in the Narcotics Bureau, as well as as a crime scene investigator, detective and patrol officer.
“Nowhere else could I have had the privilege of working alongside the most dedicated, compassionate and selfless law enforcement professionals on the ground,” Ojeda said in the statement.
City officials credited Ojeda with creating a community-focused police unit and working with local churches, businesses and non-profit groups. It also aimed to increase the number of women in the force to nearly a third by 2030.
“Chief Ojeda not only broke a glass ceiling, she spearheaded reforms and innovations that modernized the North Las Vegas Police Department and took our officers deeper into communities than we do. let’s serve, ”Ryann Juden, city manager of North Las Vegas, said in the statement. “Pam’s commitment to problem solving and community engagement has led to a decrease in crime and increased trust between the community and our police department, and establishes a strong foundation for community policing in North Las Vegas for years to come. “
North Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Jacqueline Gravatt will serve as interim chief in Ojeda’s absence.