Six Finalists Named for Dallas Top Cop Spot

By Omar Villafranca
|  Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 PM CDT
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City Announces 6 Finalists for DPD Chief

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The field to replace the department's retiring chief has narrowed to six finalists.

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City Announces 6 Finalists for DPD Chief

The field to replace the department's retiring chief has narrowed to six finalists.
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And then there were six.

The field to replace retiring Dallas police Chief David Kunkle was narrowed down to six finalists, the city announced Monday. Three of the candidates are on the Dallas police force.

The three Dallas police candidates are :

  • First Assistant Chief David Brown: He's spent the last 27 years at DPD. His resume notes that he ran police operations during the city's response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Assistant Chief Daniel Garcia: He's been with DPD for 31 years. He's spent  several years undercover as a detective.
  • Assistant Chief Floyd Simpson: He's been with DPD for 24 years. Several times, he's served as commander for special event operations, including for the AT&T Cotton Bowl and for Texas/OU weekend.

The three other finalists are chiefs in other cities:

  • Art Acevedo is the current top cop in Austin. He's held the position since 2007. Before moving to Texas, he served more than 20 years with the California Highway Patrol.
  • Robert Davis has been the chief of police in San Jose, Calif., since 2004. During his time, Davis has worked as a consultant for the U.S. State Department in Central America, helping to train law enforcement. His resume said he's fluent in Spanish.
  • Robert White is the chief in Louisville, Ky. He was also the chief in Greensboro, N.C. White spent three decades with the Washington D.C. metro police, where he got his start in law enforcement.

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