City manager appoints first female police superintendent

City Manager Bernie Lynch has appointed Deputy Superintendent Deborah Friedl as interim police superintendent, making her the first woman to ever lead the department. Friedl will hold the position for four to six months until a permanent police superintendent is named; Kenneth Lavallee worked his last day as superintendent last Friday after choosing not to complete his three-year contract, which would have expired at the end of the year. Friedl, a Tyngsborough resident, joined the Lowell Police Department in 1985 and worked her way up from patrol officer to deputy superintendent. While acting as interim superintendent, she will oversee all administrative functions of the department, including budgets and staffing.