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New Hanover County names longtime WPD public affairs head as Chief Diversity and Equity Officer

Wilmington Police Department spokesperson Linda Thomson will soon serve as New Hanover County’s Chief Diversity and Equity Officer. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy New Hanover County)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — New Hanover County has picked Wilmington Police Department’s top public affairs officer Linda Thompson as its newest Chief Diversity and Equity Officer.

The new position, created in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the social justice movement that followed, is designed to promote an inclusive and fair work environment in New Hanover County. The new office will support values of diversity, inclusion, fairness, and respect, according to a county press release.

Thompson has worked for WPD for 25 years, including years handling the department’s public affairs. She holds a Master’s Degree in conflict management and resolution from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is a certified implicit bias trainer.

“I am overjoyed with the opportunity to serve my community on an even greater scale,” Thompson said in a county press release. “Throughout my 25 years of service with the City of Wilmington, I have been blessed to work with some phenomenal people from all walks of life. They have taught me the value of differences and how every individual is unique in their own way. My desire is to bring these experiences to this new position and help tighten the fabric of our ever-growing community.”

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