The position was created by the state legislature during the last session, so she’s heading into uncharted waters, but she’s going in armed with her experience as the police department’s community relations and crime prevention officer.
With the state position being brand new, there’s not a lot of specified duties, but Newell said she believes her job will be to create relationships between law enforcement and school districts. It will be much like what she has done with the police department and Norman Public Schools but replicated on a statewide level, she said.
Newell assured everyone Thursday that while she’s taking on a new job in a new city, she will remain involved in the Norman community. There are still things she wants to see through its course, including a child seatbelt safety program that she is passionate about, she said.
Norman can rest easy; they haven’t seen the last of Newell.
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