Dallas Police Chief David Brown announces retirement

DALLAS (WFAA) - Dallas Police Chief David Brown announced Thursday that he is retiring from his position.

The 33-year veteran of the department didn't cite a specific reason in his announcement, published in a Dallas Police bulletin Thursday afternoon.

His retirement is effective Oct. 22. He did not detail plans for his future, but wrote that he would address the media on Sept. 8.

Assistant Chief David Pughes will assume the role of interim police chief. City Manager A.C. Gonzalez said in a statement Thursday that the city would conduct a national search for Brown's permanent replacement.

Brown's tenure atop the Dallas Police Department has been at times tumultuous, and at others seemingly heroic.

Police unions in Dallas called for Brown's resignation earlier this year after Brown presented an unprecedented shift in scheduling within the department to address a rising murder rate.

Six hundred officers were asked to move into the field for an evening shift and 700 more were rotated to foot patrol. Thomas Glover with the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas said Brown’s department was on the verge of “erupting into chaos.”

The City of Dallas has also faced heightened scrutiny in recent weeks for its officers’ salaries. Many officers have left for departments in surrounding cities with better police pay.

Brown gained popularity, though, as the department’s spokesman in the wake of an ambush-style attack in downtown Dallas that took the lives of five officers on July 7.


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