Houston police chief turns into Miami’s prime police officer
MIAMI, Fla. – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo will be Miami’s next police chief. Doug Griffith, union president for the Houston Police Officer, confirmed that Acevedo has accepted the position.
“We appreciate his service in Houston and wish him all the best in Miami,” Griffith said in a statement.
Acevedo served as HPD chief for more than four years, managing more than 5,200 police officers and 1,000 support staff.
“I can say the exit is going to be really bittersweet,” Acevedo said in an email to the department. “We’ve been through so much as an extended family. Hurricane Harvey, two World Series, a Super Bowl, Irma, the summer of protests and, most recently, an ice storm of epic proportions. In addition, we unfortunately buried 6 of our fallen heroes. Regardless of the challenge, you have all taken the opportunity and paid tribute to the sacrifices of our fallen comrades with perseverance and enduring excellence. “
Acevedo said he “did not look for that opportunity when it came, but as the end of (Houston) Mayor’s term was nearing and my strong desire to continue serving as a police officer, we set the timing this step was good. “
The Houston Police Chief replaces Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina, who retired in February after serving as Miami Police Chief for three years.
Acevedo wasn’t on a list of candidates the city sent to Local 10 in mid-February, including five who work for the Miami Police Department: Armando Aguilar, deputy chief of the Miami Police Department, DeShawn Beaufort, chief inspector of the Philadelphia Police, Francisco Fernandez, Major, Miami Police Department, Cherise Gause, Deputy Chief, Miami Police Department, Jason Lando, Commanding Officer, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Manuel Morales, Deputy Chief, Miami Police Department, Ronald Lee Paper, Deputy Chief, Miami Police Department and Raul Pintos, deputy chief of the New York City Police Department.
A formal announcement of Acevedo’s discontinuation is expected on Monday.
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