City Manager Noriega Appoints New Police Chief

Published on March 15, 2021

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(Miami, FL - March 15, 2021) - Miami City Manager Art Noriega has appointed Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo as the new Chief of the Miami Police Department. Chief Acevedo was officially introduced at a City Hall press conference today, where he was joined by Noriega, Mayor Francis Suarez and City officials. He was selected for the role following an extensive, months-long search.

“Hiring Chief Acevedo to lead the Miami Police Department is like getting the Tom Brady or the Michael Jordan of police chiefs,” said Mayor Suarez, who has known Acevedo for several years through his leadership role in the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

As Chief of Police for the Houston Police Department since 2016, Acevedo has led a department of 5,400 sworn law enforcement officers and 892 civilian support personnel in the fourth largest city in the United States. There, he has overseen an annual general fund budget of $931 million, and a $1.05 billion total budget. He succeeds former Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina, who recently retired after a distinguished career with MPD, in his new leadership role.

"Chief Acevedo promises to be a change agent for the city in terms of policing and law enforcement, and his track record speaks to that,” said Noriega. "He brings the leadership, experience and community-focused approach needed to manage this critical role for our city."

Born in Cuba, Acevedo and his family immigrated to the United States in 1968, when he was four years old. He was raised in California and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. He then went on to work for the California Highway Patrol, rising to the rank of Chief in 2005. Chief Acevedo served as the Chief of Police for the Austin, Texas Police Department from July 2007 to December 2016, before his nomination and appointment to lead the Houston Police Department.

“Service is in my heart – I wasn’t looking for this job, but I’m thrilled for the incredible opportunity to lead the Miami Police Department,” said Chief Acevedo. “Serving the fourth-largest city in America as chief – a majority minority city like Miami – has prepared me well for this role and I’m ready to get to work serving the community.”

In addition to leading one of America's largest police departments, Chief Acevedo has held various leadership positions with the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and is currently the President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He is married and has three children.

 

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