Monroe's chief of police is trading in her badge for a career in politics.
Chief Debra Duncan filed to run for Monroe City Council just before the filing period ended Friday afternoon.
Earlier this week Duncan had announced she will retire from the department on Sept. 1, after seven years at its helm.
Outside the Board of Elections, Duncan said she wants to focus on small business development, spending taxpayers' money wisely, and transparency in City Hall.
"When I first got here, the Police Department was divided. I brought them together, I think I can bring Monroe City Council together," Duncan said.
Backbiting and controversy has been swirling with current council members for the past year, with some of the divisiveness centered around the chief herself.
"What's happened in the past, stays in the past. Let's move forward," Duncan said.
The council is currently divided in a 4-3 majority.
Three of the majority members' seats are up for grabs in the election, and if Duncan were successful in claiming one of the incumbents' seats, it could shake up the entire voting structure of the council.
Channel 9 reached out to incumbents Margaret Desio, Freddie Gordon and John Ashcraft on Friday.
Both Desio and Gordon said her candidacy announcement was not a surprise, and they wished her the best of luck in the election.
Ashcraft did not return Channel 9's call seeking comment.