Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

In the Face of Obstacles, Time Is Her Ally

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

In the Face of Obstacles, Time Is Her Ally

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SARASOTA

The challenges Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino has faced in her first year on the job are not new to her.

She dealt with similar scrutiny after vaulting over senior officers to become chief of the Ocean City Police Department in Maryland.

But DiPino said she persevered through the hard feelings and learned a valuable lesson in the decade she held that post.

"Time is always your ally," she said. "History will show when I'm gone from here: 'OK, I understand her purpose here.' Hopefully the skeptics will see and we'll win them over."

DiPino said some of the resistance she has seen from rank-and- file officers and community leaders is because of the change she has brought to the department, her out-of-state roots and the fact that she is a woman.

"Some people aren't going to be happy no matter who their boss is," DiPino said. "Could some of that be gender bias? Sure."

Others congratulate her on being a role model for young women.

"I never looked at it as I was a woman doing a job that was traditionally a man's job," DiPino said. …

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