Troy Finner, a 31-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, has been selected by Mayor Sylvester Turner as the city's next police chief.
The city said in a news release that Finner, whose appointment was expected to be confirmed this week by the Houston City Council, plans to take office April 5. He is set to succeed Heights resident Art Acevedo, who has served as Houston Police Chief since late 2016 and is leaving to lead the police department in Miami, Florida.
Finner is a Houston native, having been born in the Fifth Ward, grown up in the Hiram Clarke neighborhood and graduated from Madison High School. He holds a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and a master's degree from University of Houston-Clear Lake.
“I am grateful to Mayor Turner for this opportunity to lead the men and women of the Houston Police Department," Finner said in a statement released by the city. "I have spent my entire career preparing for this moment, and I will not let down the mayor or the people of Houston.”
Finner has served in several roles and divisions since joining HPD in 1990, including the Office of Public Affairs and Internal Investigation Command. He currently serves as Executive Assistant Chief and oversees HPD Field & Operations Support, the Traffic Enforcement Division, Emergency Communications Division, Mental Health Division and Gang Division.
Turner said Finner embraces the use of technology and data-driven analysis and has a leadership style "best described as quiet with a strong demeanor."
“I am confident Chief Finner is the right person for the job at this time," Turner added. "I have asked him to stay focused on relational policing and bridging the gaps in trust and communication between Houstonians and our police department.”