Display default option select message

I am trying to find a way that when a jQuery chosen select dropdown is populated from php, then the first item should be 'Select an item'. At the moment, when the dropdown is populated, it displays all items and as such makes a change event difficult because it is already selected. I have even tried to change the placeholder text, but it does not change anything.

I would be grateful if someone could show me how to do this. Thanks

jQuery code

$(function() {
  $("#dstr_customer").change(function() {
    $(this).after('<div id="loader"><imgages src="img/loading.gif" alt="loading files" /></div>');
    $.get('loadboxCustDstrsubcat.php?custdstrdept=' + $(this).val(), function(data) {
      $("#dstr_dept").html(data);
      $('#loader').slideUp(200, function() {
        $(this).remove();
        $("#dstr_dept").trigger("chosen:updated");
      });
    });
  });
});

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php code

<?php
 session_start();
?>
<?php
    include('../Connections/domain.php');
     
    $dstrdept = $_GET['custdstrdept'];
    $customer = $_SESSION['kt_idcode_usr'];
	
    mysql_select_db($database_domain, $domain);
    $query = "SELECT name FROM departments WHERE code = '".$dstrdept."' ORDER BY name ASC";
	$result = mysql_query($query) or die (mysql_error());
	
	if (mysql_num_rows($result) > 0) {
	
	echo "<script type=text/javascript>\n";
	echo "$(function() {\n";
	echo "$(\".noDept\").html('')\n";
	echo "$('#dstr_dept').attr('data-placeholder', \"Choose your dept...\").prop('disabled', false)\n";
	echo "});\n";
	echo "</script>\n";
	
	while($row = mysql_fetch_array($result)) {
    echo "<option value='$row[name]'>$row[name]</option>";
       }    
	
	} else {
	
	echo "<script type=text/javascript>\n";
	echo "$(function() {\n";
	echo "$('.noDept').html('ERROR: There are no departments. Please select another.').css({\"color\":\"red\", \"margin\": \"-6px 0 10px 22px\", \"font-size\": \"12px\", \"font-family\": \"Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif\"})\n";
	echo "$('#dstr_dpet').attr('data-placeholder', \"No depts to display...\").prop('disabled', true)\n";
	echo "});\n";
	echo "</script>\n";
	}
?>

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html code

<div class="fieldset">
          <h1><span>Select a Department</span></h1>
          <p>
            <select data-placeholder="Choose a dept..." style="width:250px;" name="dstr_dept" id="dstr_dept">
              <option value=""></option>
              
            </select>
            
            <a href="javascript:void(0)" style="margin-left:10px;" class="tooltip" title="Please select a dept where the box to be destroyed is stored.">Help</a><br /><span></span>
          </p>
		  <div class="noDept"></div>
        </div>

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Alexandre SimõesManager / Technology SpecialistCommented:
Change this:
$("#dstr_dept").html(data);

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to this:
$("#dstr_dept").append(data);

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peter-cooperAuthor Commented:
Only works on the first change event. No event fired on subsequent changes. Thanks
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Alexandre SimõesManager / Technology SpecialistCommented:
Ah you fill the select several times?
What about something like this:
data = '<option value=""></option>' + data;
$("#dstr_dept").html(data);

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peter-cooperAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much
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