Just as he was joining the mayor’s new anti-racism task force, we’ve now learned that Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo will be moving to Houston soon. Bummer.

“Houston is getting a world-class police chief. Chief Acevedo has made our community safer and closer, and he is trusted and much loved by so many,” Mayor Steve Adler said. “Austin is losing a moral and joyous leader, and I’m losing a friend.”

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“Losing Art Acevedo is a huge deal, and replacing him will be a daunting task in part because he gave so much of himself to his job and his community,” he added. “But Austin is a safe city with a strong police force, and we’ll have talented applicants to take his place. We’ll shortly have a new city manager and a new police chief, and this gives Austin a unique opportunity to enter a new era in our history.”

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