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Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman retires

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As Jackson's Mayor-Elect Chokwe Lumumba prepares to take over as the city's top leader, one of the capitol city's toughest women is stepping down. JPD Chief Rebecca Coleman retires on jJne 30th.

Before her farewell, we caught up with the Simpson County native about her crime fighting career and some personal battles most people don't know about.

Whether it's a murder scene or a hostage situation, JPD Chief Rebecca Coleman portrays a strength acquired through four decades in law enforcement.

Coleman's resume includes many firsts.

She was JPD's first A-A Deputy Sergeant as well as the very first African-American female police chief in Texas.

She was raised not far from Jackson.

"My hometown is in Magee," said Coleman.

She told us it was always her dream to one day lead the police department and when she was selected to head JPD she reached an epitome in her career.

"Being a young lady from Simpson County who would have thought that I would live my dream, and that was my dream," Coleman added.

Along with accomplishing her professional dream, battling crime, Chief Coleman has also battled some health scares.

"I am a two time survivor of cancer," Coleman said.

"I was diagnosed with colon rectal cancer," Coleman added.

"Later I developed cervical cancer and I'm cancer free right now," Coleman said.

The outgoing chief not only celebrates life and her career, but she also cherishes her strongest bond, that's with her twin daughters.

"She's our heart we live and breath her," said daughter, Danielle Gooch.

Coleman says she's not taking a police chief job at Tennessee State or anywhere else.

For now, she just plans to enjoy a sweet retirement.

"It's sweet, but I've enjoyed it, I've enjoyed my entire law enforcement career. This is something that I wanted to do," Coleman added.

Chief Coleman says the one goal she wished she would have accomplished was bringing the number of officers up to 525. 

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