Capt. Tracy S. Russillo, soon to be the highest ranking woman in Virginia State Police history (Virginia State Police)

Russillo, 44, has been a state trooper for 22 years, and was also an area commander in Winchester and a field lieutenant in Culpeper, as well as a sergeant at the state police academy. She got her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from George Mason University.

Russillo, as a major, will become a deputy director in the department’s Bureau of Administrative and Support Services, assisting both patrol troopers and special investigative agents. State police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty said in a press release that Russillo “has proven to be an effective, skillful and respected leader within the department. Her extensive field and management experience exemplifies the qualities needed in the position she is about to lead.”