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Chief Brown a very (very) good selection for Dallas Police Chief

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By Shawn Williams – Editor

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown

Most of the people that I’ve spoken with have said that Dallas’ new top cop Chief David Brown is a great selection by Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm and they’re right. I’m only saying “very very good” to try to keep this post free of superlatives.  Anyone who halfway observed the department over the last few years were not surprised by Wednesday’s announcement.  I haven’t had much to say on the whole process because I had pegged Chief Brown as the person for the job from jump.

As a resident I’m enthusiastic by the choice of Chief Brown which is much more than I can say for how I felt when Chief David Kunkle was hired five years ago.  The city undertook a “national search” that lead them all the way to Arlington.  I was less than impressed, but I fully admit I jumped the gun and was wrong.

As for Chief Brown, there is nothing more that an officer could do to prepare for the job of Chief of Police than what he has done.  Some may say he was “groomed” for the job and it sure looks like it from the outside.  But that’s not necessarily a bad thing considering city leaders said they preferred to ride the wave of good crime news by promoting an internal candidate.

Mary Suhm letter to mayor and David Brown acceptance letter

The soon to be 50 year old Brown (tell the truth, he looks a WHOLE LOT younger than forty nine) served as the man sitting next to the man, First Assistant Chief of Police.  He lead Dallas Police Operations during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and had an emphasis on crime under Kunkle, went to South Oak Cliff High School, and has an MBA from Amberton.  He even did a turn as interim assistant city manager.

And while the question of race came up a few times, I figure it made the decision easier.  You get all the above qualifications and then have the opportunity for the city to have a Hispanic Superintendent, White mayor, and Black Police Chief.  But again, where’s the pressure when you have the credentials of Chief Brown?

As Scott Goldstein reports in his excellent summary (that was kind of a superlative huh) this morning, the new chief will be looking for a new residence, moving from Red Oak to Dallas.  We’ve got a few houses on the block in our ‘hood and some empty lots as well.  Can you imaging what our neighborhood watch would look like with with the Chief of Police on board.  I’m just saying Chief…..think about it.

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  • Casey Thomas

    Good job. Shawn. I have worked with Chief Brown in the past and I know he has a heart for the residents of Dallas.

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