(KMOV.com) -- On Tuesday, Wentzville's new police chief will report for her first day of work and become the first female police chief for any city in St. Charles County.
Lisa Harrison is a Missouri native, but has been living in Florida for the past several years. Harrison said her new job is actually a homecoming of sorts. She was born in Creve Coeur and raised in Potosi. She is also a former United States Marine and since 1999, she has been working with the Boynton Beach, Florida, police department.
If there is any part of Missouri that would be considered a "boom-town," it would be Wentzville and neighboring O'Fallon. Harrison will be taking over the police department in one of the fastest growing cities in Missouri.
"Big city problems can creep in as the population increases. You want to be able to maintain that hometown feel that Wentzville is so popular for, why people are wanting to move here, but yet when you get increased population you tend to migrate toward the big-city attitude," Harrison stated.
The Wentzville Police Department has 56 officers. Harrison says as the population grows, the department is going to have to grow as well.
Harrison is replacing Rober Noonan who retired last October.