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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Civilian Commander’s Gender Pay Lawsuit Delves Into Anaheim PD’s Days of Disarray

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

Shelley McKerren began her career in law enforcement on a trailblazing note. In 1971, she became the first woman cadet in the history of the Brea Police Department. Decades later, McKerren continued to make inroads, joining the Anaheim Police Department in 1995 and later getting promoted as the first-ever civilian division commander on the force. The Behind the Badge blog deemed her a “rarity” in an Apr. 2016 profile piece in outlining all her achievements.

But the groundbreaking promotion came with an unspoken backstory. Just a few months after the write up, McKerren retained legal representation with the intent to file a a complaint against the city and its police department. The following year, she lodged a $5 million lawsuit alleging gender discrimination, unequal pay and retaliation.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post: pds disarray/

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