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Nominee would be San Diego's first female top cop

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego's incoming mayor has appointed Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman to head the police department of the nation's eighth largest city.

The appointment, announced Wednesday by Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer and subject to City Council approval, would make Zimmerman the city's first female police chief and make San Diego the biggest current U.S. city to have a woman as its top cop.

The announcement came just a day after former police Chief Bill Lansdowne announced his retirement after nearly 11 years as chief.

The 69-year-old Lansdowne leaves amid allegations of on-the-job sexual misconduct from his male officers against women in their custody.

The 54-year-old Zimmerman has been with the San Diego Police Department for 31 years and would be its 34th chief.

Faulconer says she could be confirmed by next week.

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