Former DPD Chief of Investigations Avery Moore becomes new Tacoma Police Chief – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


The Tacoma Police Department has announced that Avery Moore, former Dallas Police Investigations chief, will be the new department head.

According to Tacoma Police, Moore was confirmed as the new police chief on Tuesday by Tacoma City Council. He begins his new role on January 18, 2022.

He was previously selected by Tacoma City Manager Elizabeth Pauli and Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards confirming the selection.

Moore, 55, is a 31-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. Previously, he was Deputy Chief of Police in the Bureau of Investigations. He also has around 700 officers from the Eastern Patrol Bureau, worked as a SWAT commander and as a legislative affairs liaison during his tenure with the Dallas Police Department.

Moore and the other finalists were faced with a recruiting process that involved answering questions and answers from city council and the public.

“Thank you for this great opportunity,” Moore said at a Tacoma board meeting. “I think we have challenges, sure, but we’ll turn them into opportunities… I can’t wait to be your boss.”

The department has been looking for a new leader since Don Ramsdell retired last year. He announced his retirement in July 2020 amid calls for police reform following the death of Manuel Ellis, who died while in the custody of Tacoma officers.

Two of the officers involved in Ellis’ death have been charged with murder. A third police officer has been charged with manslaughter.

Moore takes over the department from interim chief Mike Ake.

According to our Dallas Morning News media partners, Police Chief Eddie García has said he has yet to choose who will replace Moore in the Dallas Police Department.

Moore also tried to become the head of the Dallas Police Department last year after former Chief Reneé Hall left, the Dallas Morning News reported. He also applied this summer to become a police chief in the cities of Austin and Columbus, Ohio.

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