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The 27-year force veteran will start in mid-September as Chief Cathy L. Lanier leaves for a job with the NFL.
No national search is planned, an official said, but outside applicants will be considered.
The District has escaped some police problems that other cities face, but that does not mean it is immune.
Lanier has headed the force in the nation’s capital for nearly a decade.
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James Greene, 50, of Catlett, Va., was killed in the Monday morning crash, police said.
The Kawasaki Vulcan rider apparently skidded on the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.
Police said the youth has been charged as a juvenile with assault with intent to kill.
The shooting was one of three in August along a stretch of Georgia Avenue NW.
Three have been confirmed dead after the Wednesday incident, with others missing.