Blue Sworn-In as Mansfield’s First Black Female Police Chief

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Billy Locke Sworn in as Assistant Chief

At the regular meeting of the Mansfield City Council, Annette Blue made history as she took the Oath of Office as Mansfield’s first black female Police Chief. Sgt. Billy Locke moved up to Blue’s former position and will now serve as Assistant Police Chief. A standing room only crowd of co-workers, officials, family and friends packed the meeting room to witness the event.

Chief Blue began her employment with the Mansfield Police Department in October 1985. The 28-yearold came on board as a parttime dispatcher, never knowing what lay ahead in her future in law enforcement. She was promoted to full time dispatcher in February 1986.

Climbing up the ranks of the department, she then moved from being a dispatcher to patrol officer in July 1988. With her work ethic and performance, she was recommended for a promotion in January 1999, which was approved, making her a Sergeant. Once again, Blue’s outstanding work interactions entitled her to another promotion, moving up from Sergeant to Lieutenant in January 2008. In October 2011, she found herself being recognized and promoted to Captain. Five years later in April 2016, Blue was named Assistant Chief of Police, filling the position that Gary Hobbs had held until he was named Mansfield’s Chief of Police. Blue continues to follow in Hobb’s shoes now taking over as Chief.

Blue is a native of Mansfield and has lived here her entire lifetime. She is the daughter of the late Vida Blue, Sr. and Sallie A. Henderson Blue, and has six siblings. She is a graduate of DeSoto High School, graduated from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas and received her Master’s Degree from Grambling State University. She attends Wesley United Methodist Church in Mansfield and is a member of the UNAM, which is a philanthropy group that does community service projects.



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