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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013 file photo, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lanier is stepping down to become head of security for the National Football League. The police department announced Lanier's departure Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, on Twitter. Lanier said in a letter to the department's 3,700 officers that she is taking the job at the NFL. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

The NFL just hired the DC police chief as its new head of security


The D.C. police chief, Cathy L. Lanier, is leaving D.C. to take on a new job as head of security for the National Football League (NFL), the NFL announced Tuesday.

The new gig will end her 26-year career on the force, a decade of which she spent as chief.

Lanier, 49, made history as the first permanent female leader of the D.C. force and led the department through the 2013 mass shooting at the Navy Yard.

The NFL put out the following statement regarding the hire:

"We are excited to welcome to our team an individual of Cathy's talent and extensive record of accomplishments," Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a release. "Cathy joins us with a well-deserved reputation of being a tremendous communicator, innovator and relationship builder."

Lanier's hire ends a months-long search process that even included advertising the job on the internet. Lanier will take over for VP of Security Jeff Miller. 

Some people took to Twitter to applaud the NFL for hiring a female chief of security. 

Most people were happy for Lanier's new job, but D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson released a statement saying he was "disappointed to hear of the resignation" and said D.C.'s challengers are "exacerbated now with the need to find a  successor."

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