History-making chief promoted after returning from retirement

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Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes — one of the highest ranking African American women in the NYPD when she retired in 2018 — has gotten a promotion, the NYPD announced Tuesday.

Holmes, a 33 year veteran of the force, left the NYPD in December 2018 to become head of corporate security at BNY Mellon.

She came back to the NYPD in December 2019, and has now been promoted to Chief of Collaborative Policing, officials said.

Holmes, who came on the job in 1987, served as commanding officer of the Domestic Violence Unit before being promoted to a two-star chief in Patrol Borough Queens North in 2016 – becoming the NYPD’s first female African-American borough commander.

The history-making chief previously told The Post she had dreams of running the department.

“I wanna be commissioner! I’m the one that wants to be Chief of Department, Chief of Patrol,” she said, in an interview with The Post. “There’s nothing on this job that a woman can’t do. There really, really isn’t.”