In the middle of Black History Month and on the eve of Women’s History Month, Darby Township appears on the verge of potentially making both.

A township committee has been interviewing applicants for police chief from a pool of 11. Interviewed last week, were two African-American women who rank high in their respective police departments.

Should either be chosen, they would become the first African-American woman ever to lead a police department in Delaware County. Former Upland Borough Police Chief John Egan was the first African-American male to lead a department.

Applicants Maj. Regina Price and Lt. Wanda Dade each boast impressive resumes and have command experience.

Price, a major in the Riviera Beach Police Department in Palm Beach County, FL, and a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, worked many positions from road patrol officer to undercover. She climbed the ranks as sergeant, lieutenant, commander and now major. She also has master’s degree in public administration from Barry University.

Wade, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, is a patrol sergeant in Philadelphia, working in the first and sixth districts and has also worked in various positions such as detective, corporal and radio.

For both Price and Wade, the change in scenery will be stark. Price comes from a beach town, while Wade comes from a sprawling metropolitan, but both aren’t bothered by the contrast.

“It is a different community and people, but how they do business is the bottom line. Service is first,” Price said.

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