NFL hires Cathy Lanier as top security official


She kept the nation’s capital safe, now she’s been tapped to keep one of America’s favorite sports safe.

Kudos to D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who will retire from the department after 26 years to become the Senior Vice President of Security for the NFL. She will be responsible for the security of all 32 NFL teams and their stadiums, and will also oversee security at the Super Bowl.

Though she comes from a family of police officers, her chosen career path didn’t come easily. She dropped out of high school and became a mother at 15. After earning her GED, she joined the department in 1990, first as a patrol officer and rising through the ranks to lead the D.C. force for the last ten years, becoming the first woman to hold that position. A strong communicator and consensus-builder, we wish Chief Lanier best of luck in her new post!

You can read the announcement here.