LORAIN — The Lorain Police Department swore in its first female supervisor Monday, with Detective Tabitha Angello promoted to sergeant.
Police Chief Cel Rivera said Angello is more than prepared to take on her new duties, after spending half her career on night shifts and the other half as a detective.
“She’s well thought of, as you can see by the number of people that are here,” Rivera said. “I think that she’s ready to lead.”
Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer agreed with Rivera, saying he “can’t think of a more fitting candidate.”
“I don’t have to tell you this, but the other officers, the other promoted officers and management, they do a tremendous job,” he said. “You’ve got so much knowledge to draw from the people in this room as well as your experience.”
For Angello, a 12-year veteran of the Lorain Police Department and lifelong Lorain resident, the historical significance of her new title had yet to sink in, but said she’s looking forward to everything the promotion has to offer. As someone who always has wanted to go into law enforcement, the promotion is a dream come true.
“I’m looking forward to the new challenges that are brought on by promotion,” she said. “I just want to thank my peers and obviously my family for being there for me.”
While Angello doesn’t like to tout the historical significance of her swearing-in, Rivera said it means a lot for the department to see her step up into a leadership position.
“And just accepting the responsibility and even seeking out the responsibility to be a leader, whether its detectives or patrol, that means a lot because it’s about balancing the needs of the officers with the needs of the department and it’s about mentoring officers and getting them through the day safely and it’s also a responsibility, so just the fact, Tabitha, that you’re willing to accept the responsibility is really an awesome deal. I’m real proud of you, I know there’s no doubt in my mind that you’re capable of handling this job,” he said.
He admits the department still is behind in some areas — including the number of women on its force — and hopes Angello’s promotion will help to change that.
“Tabitha’s not something who likes to emphasize the fact that she’s female, she’s never asked for any special treatment,” he said. “But it is meaningful because first of all she’s the first supervisor in the history of the department and I think it’s important for the people who live in this community, especially the young girls or women that live in this community, to see not only officers, but to see supervisors and commanders that are like them. I think she’s going to be a great role model for the people in the community, but that doesn’t take anything away from she’s been an excellent officer regardless of that.”
Angello’s 16-year-old daughter, Brianna Cirilo, pinned Angello’s new badge on. After practicing with her mom, she had trouble getting the back closed, she laughed about afterward, saying she was extremely proud of her.
“She loves her job; she’s very passionate about what she does,” Brianna said. “I think she’s more than ready and more than capable and she’s going to do her best in this role she’s going to play now.”
She added, “I think it’s really empowering to see her up there and especially since it’s normally a male role, seeing my mom being up there it’s exciting.”