Art Acevedo is Chief of the Houston Police Department. Appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner, he was sworn in on November 30, 2016 and leads a department of 5,400 sworn officers and 892 civilian support personnel. The department serves the fourth-largest city in the United States and has an annual budget of more than $1 billion.
As the first Hispanic police chief in Houston, Acevedo possesses a unique understanding of the concerns of the city’s diverse communities. Born in Cuba, Acevedo was four years old when he immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1968. He grew up in California and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne.
Acevedo has been awarded multiple leadership and community service awards, and in 2018 was honored as one of the Carnegie Corporation’s “Great Immigrants.”
Acevedo began his law enforcement career with the California Highway Patrol in 1986 as a field patrol officer in East Los Angeles. Rising through the ranks, he was named Chief of the California Highway Patrol in 2005. He also served over nine years as Chief of Police in Austin, TX, from July 2007 – December 2016.
Acevedo has held various leadership positions with the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is currently president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. A proponent of community policing and the use of data—driven strategies in law enforcement, he is married and has three children.