Austin PD’s Chief Acevedo Will Become Houston’s Top Cop

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Art Acevedo, police chief of Austin for nearly 10 years, will move a few hours east and take over as top cop in Houston. The American-Statesman said Acevedo, 50, has been “one of Austin’s most visible figures while presiding in a time that ushered both progress and setbacks in relations between law enforcement and the community.” He was Austin’s first first Latino police chief, and he will be the first in Houston, as well. The Houston Chronicle said Mayor Sylvester Turner’s appointment of Acevedo recognizes “the rapidly shifting demographics of the nation’s fourth largest city and the strained relationship between the department and the citizens it serves.”

Born in Cuba, Acevedo was 4 years old when he migrated to the United States with his family in 1968, according to his Austin police bio. He grew up in California and earned a degree in public administration from the University of La Verne in California. He went from patrol officer to chief of the California Highway Patrol over a 20-year career there. He will oversee a police force of more than 5,000 officers in Houston, double the size of Austin’s. He had been regarded as a hot prospect for a number of other police executive jobs in recent years. Austin Mayor Steve Adler called Acevedo “a world-class police chief. Chief Acevedo has made our community safer and closer and he is trusted and much loved by so many. Austin is losing a moral and joyous leader and I’m losing a friend.”

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