Dallas Police Chief David Brown’s public image has never been better, says the Dallas Morning News. He is at the height of his national popularity, even making a cameo in a new music video. But the city’s top cop remains as private as ever. He was nowhere to be seen Thursday as his decision to retire was revealed on Twitter. The announcement was made Thursday while Brown was on a golf trip with his wife in Austin, surprising many city leaders and his own staff. He will step down on Oct. 22, his 56th birthday. But he says he won’t publicly talk about his decision until Sept. 8, leaving many wondering why he’s going now and what his plans are.
“Serving the citizens of Dallas in this noble profession has been both a true honor and a humbling experience,” Brown said in a written statement. Brown has worked for the Dallas Police Department for 33 years and was appointed chief in May 2010, making him the longest-serving police chief since 1960. He gained national attention for the cool, collected way he handled the aftermath of a lone gunman’s ambush on police officers as a downtown protest was ending July 7. Four Dallas police officers and one DART police officer were killed. Brown was praised by elected officials, community leaders and his own employees for how he handled the crisis.