Capitol Police Assistant Chief Yogananda Pittman will retire from the force next February, according to multiple reports.
Following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Pittman was briefly elevated to acting Capitol Police chief, filling a void left by the abrupt departure of Steven Sund in the aftermath. She held that role from Jan. 8, 2021, to July 22, 2021, when J. Thomas Manger was appointed to the post. She will leave the Capitol Police on Feb. 1, 2023, Just the News reported.
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“We thank her for her 22 years of service and her committed to the United States Capitol Police and our critical mission,” Manger said in an internal announcement, per the report.
From 2019 until assuming the acting police chief gig, Pittman served as the assistant chief of Protective and Intelligence Operations for Capitol Police. In spite of hefty criticism over the security failure that enabled the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, Pittman returned to that post after Manger became chief, CNN reported.
Her lengthy tenure at the force began in 2001. She was the first black woman to head the Capitol Police, according to Morgan State University.
In the time since the riot, Congress and the Capitol Police have enacted a slew of reforms intended to forestall any future large-scale breach of the Capitol.