Sorry, Houston, but Art got a new gig.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has become a national name by spewing against his own governor, and then defying the president. He walked with interlocked arms with protestors against police brutality. Now, he's headed to South Florida, way closer to his roots.
Why now? Is this about money or is he just sick of being in Texas?
Chief Art Acevedo is leaving the Houston Police Department to become the Chief of Police in Miami, KHOU has learned.
Acevedo sent an email out to the department Sunday night, saying he's going to be formally introduced as the new Miami chief on Monday.
That should happen at a news conference scheduled in Miami for 9 a.m. Houston time.
Acevedo, who has been with HPD for nearly four and a half years, says he wasn't looking for the opportunity when it originally became available, but decided now that the time was right.
In his note, he called leaving bittersweet after everything the department has been through, from Hurricane Harvey to a World Series, Super Bowl, summer demonstrations in support of George Floyd and last month's historic winter storm.
He also told officers they were in good hands with Mayor Sylvester Turner and council, as well as Executive Assistant Chiefs Matt Slinkard and Troy Finner.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo speaks via video link at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on police brutality and racial profiling on June 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. George Floyd died May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody, sparking worldwide protests. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images)