New police, fire chiefs named

Latino force: Choices reflect city's shifting demographics, mayor says

Houston Chronicle | November 17, 2016

The Houston Chronicle article, “New police, fire chiefs named,” mentioned Russell Reynolds Associates consultant Stephen Newton, who led the search for Houston's new police and fire chiefs. The article is excerpted below.

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Thursday named Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo to be Houston's first Latino chief of police, recognizing the rapidly shifting demographics of the nation's fourth largest city and the strained relationship between the department and the citizens it serves.

Turner also named El Paso Fire Chief Samuel Peña to head the Houston Fire Department, filling the top positions at the city's public safety agencies after an extended period without permanent leadership.

Peña would become the city's second Latino fire chief.


Stephen Newton, the Russell Reynolds executive who led both search committees, said eight-10 candidates were interviewed for each post. They included a mix of internal and external candidates.

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New police, fire chiefs named