In all seriousness, she said she will miss working with the people she’s met through her career the most.
“I’ve just worked with so many great people throughout the city, and I’ve just gotten to know some absolutely amazing people,” she said, adding with a laugh, “plus, Teddy’s a good cook.”
Working with people is her favorite part of the job, Newell said. From working with the “teeny tiniest” of babies to working with senior adults and even the strange phone calls in between, she wouldn’t change any of it.
“I love what I do. I still love what I do. I feel very privileged that I’ve gotten to do it for so long,” she said.
While her new office will be in Oklahoma City, she said she and her family still will reside in Norman.
“Norman is still home, and I feel so grateful that I’ve been able to live and work in the same place for as many years as I have,” Newell said. “I still want to be involved in the Norman community and, in fact, I’m going to come back and help with our child passenger safety program because it is something I’m extremely passionate about.”
Looking back, Newell still remembers her first day in the police academy. She said they had to take care of insurance, so everyone was asked to dress business professional. She was the first person there, in a blouse and slacks.
“When my fellow cadets started showing up, they assumed that I was like the secretary or something because I was the only female in the academy. And, of course, they figured out pretty quickly that no, she’s part of the academy,” Newell said. “But it was just really funny. I guess the assumption is that if you’re a female, you’re probably not here as a police officer.”