BERKELEY -- Margo Bennett, who had been serving as interim police chief at UC Berkeley since December, has been named the campus's new police chief, officials announced Thursday.

Bennett, a University of California Police Department captain, has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience, which includes a stint with the FBI. Bennett had been serving as interim police chief since Dec. 30, when former chief, Mitch Celaya, retired.

Ron Coley, UC Berkeley's associate vice chancellor for business and administrative services, led the nationwide search for a chief, which drew numerous candidates.

"We evaluated a number of solid candidates, and it was clear that Margo was the right choice," Coley said in a statement released by the campus. "She has an understanding of the culture of this community and the workings of the department that will prove invaluable as we institute the type of significant changes that are necessary to achieve our goals."

Bennet, 59, will manage 149 employees, which includes 66 sworn officers, UC Berkeley officials stated in a news release.

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