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Story emerges on Elizabeth Watson appointed head of HPD

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Front page of the Houston Post for January 20, 1990.

Houston Chronicle File

On this day in 1990, readers of the Houston Post learned that Elizabeth Watson had been nominated to become Houston’s next police chief.

At the time, the 17-year-old HPD veteran was the first woman to lead a police department in a major US city. His predecessor, Lee P. Brown, will soon become police commissioner in New York.

In early 1992, she was replaced by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Nuchia.

In addition, President George HW Bush marked the end of his first year in office. A Gallup poll at the time indicated that his approval rating was 80%.