Sonia Quinones joined the Hallandale Beach Police Department 24 years ago as a road patrol officer.
Over the years, she climbed the ranks and was named a major in 2015.
On Monday, City Manager Roger Carlton named Quinones as the city's new police chief.
“Chief Quinones’ character, professional and academic qualifications for the Chief position are all exemplary,” the city said in a news release.
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Quinones will begin her new post Oct. 1. She will take over for the city's current Chief Dwayne Flournoy, who will step down after seven years as chief at the end of September.
Carlton said Quinones “will face many challenges” including expanding the city’s community policing program; streamlining management; developing a collective bargaining strategy; and strengthening the city’s relationship with state, local and federal agencies.
Quinones told the Sun Sentinel that she was “very excited and blessed for this amazing opportunity.”
“As chief, I will act as an agent of change while cultivating a positive culture,” she told the paper. “My key goals will be improving public safety, public trust and employee morale.”