HOUSTON – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is leaving the department for a new job, according to the local police union.
Houston Police Office Union President Doug Griffith confirmed Acevedo has accepted the position to become the next police chief in Miami.
“We appreciate his service to Houston, and wish him the best in Miami,” Griffith said in a statement.
Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner, also had kind words for his long time friend and the man he hired in 2016.
“The only thing that I ask is that while you are here you do an exceptional job, and he has done just that,” Mayor Turner said.
But Turner was somewhat blindsided by the departure, just learning of the Acevedo’s new plans, Sunday, he said.
On Monday, Miami officials held a news conference to introduce Avecedo as the city’s new police chief. During the news conference, several of the leaders who spoke praised Acevedo for his dedication and hard work.