It’s official. After WFAA reported last night that Assistant Chief David Brown would be Dallas’ new police chief, then City Manager Mary Suhm denied that she’d offered the job to anyone, “Dallas City Hall” is reporting on its Facebook page today that Brown will indeed take over for the retiring David Kunkle on May 5. So unless someone has hacked into the city’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, we’re assuming it’s true.
I’ve been unable to dig up any info on Brown’s record or views on LGBT issues, but here’s a recent profile from The Dallas Morning News. When I’ve asked LGBT advocates about the police chief selection process over the last few months, they’ve said they trusted Suhm to find someone who is good on our issues.
Foremost among those at this point would be continuing and possibly expanding LGBT diversity training in the department, as well as upholding Kunkle’s recent decision to make the LGBT liaison officer position full-time.
We’ll try to get an interview with Brown in the near future to discuss all this.
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