Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Thursday that she selected Dallas' former police chief, David Brown, to be Chicago's next police superintendent, reports NBC Chicago.
"David Brown's track record of integrity, honor and legitimacy exemplifies what it means to be a Chicago police officer," Lightfoot said. "Through his nationally-recognized leadership and years of on-the-ground work to create a culture rooted in transparency, accountability and community policing, he will build on our all-hands-on-deck effort to create real, widespread and lasting public safety in our communities."
The Chicago Police Board announced Brown among its top three candidates for the position Wednesday. Also nominated were Chicago PD Deputy Chief Ernest Cato and west suburban Aurora, IL, Police Chief Kristen Ziman. The three finalists were selected from a pool of 25 people who applied for the job.
Brown was the only one of the three finalists with experience leading a large police force. Still, it will be an adjustment for him, coming from a department of about 3,500 officers to one with about 13,000, reports the Associated Press.
Brown said his experience and devotion to his job, along with the officers in his command, would help him as a leader.
"My life and career has taken place in the city of Dallas but the call to service ... is one that is heard across the nation, and it is that call that has driven everything that I have done in my career as an officer and as a public servant," he said.