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Harrisburg P.D.'s highest-ranking woman stepping down

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Captain Annette Oates is retiring from the Harrisburg Police Department after 28 years of service there.

"I love the city," she said. "I still love my job, but it's time for a change."

Oates is taking a job as Director of Security for Harrisburg Area Community College. So what is the thing she'll miss the least?

"The toughest part really isn't dealing with the crime and the people on the street," she said. "It's dealing with internal problems, people that you work with, personality clashes."

Captain Oates has seen three mayors in the last four years. She says the mayor does have a big influence on how the police department performs. She likes the new administration.

"I'm optimistic. I think it's only been a short time since Mayor Papenfuse has been in office and in the short time that he's been there things are improving and I think they'll continue to improve," Oates said.

Her resignation comes just months after she was passed over for chief. But she did not point to that as her reason for leaving.

"Of course I'd be lying if I didn't say it was a tough pill to swallow, but Chief Carter is doing a great job and we get along very well and I'm sure he'll continue to do a good job."

Oates is appreciative of the support she's received from residents. She's happy she'll still be in the area.

"As a whole, the citizens are great. The residents support us and they have our backs," she said.

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