Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner announced as Houston's next police chief

Troy Finner
Houston Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner was announced as city’s next police chief.

Houston Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner was announced as city’s next police chief.

Troy Finner, executive assistant chief of the Houston Police Department, will serve as the city’s next chief of police.

Mayor Sylvester Turner, alongside Finner, told reporters Mar. 18 after Chief Art Acevedo announced his departure to serve as chief of the Miami Police Department earlier in the week.

“My goal was to find someone who was fully capable of leading this department from day one who knows the city, its neighborhoods and its people and someone who would work every single day to gain and maintain the trust of our diverse community,” Turner said.

Finner has served in the Houston Police Department since 1990, working in several different divisions and now overseeing field and support operations as well as 15 patrol divisions.

Finner said he appreciated Turner looking within the department for Acevedo's replacement and echoed Turner's remarks about valuing the city's diversity.

"If you are Caucasian, Black whatever you are, you have your own life experiences. People are different, and I don't care if it's their politics or what, you give validation to a person’s experiences,” Finner said.

His tone differed from that of outgoing Acevedo's tone when speaking about criminal justice reform. Acevedo spoke at times heatedly in his farewell speech earlier in the week about his perceived shortcomings of bail reform efforts in Harris County, which he attributed to rising rates of homicide and violent crime.

"When we talk in terms of trust and building relationships ... it's just as important in the criminal justice arena, and it's time everybody takes some responsibility," Finner said. "It's time to stop throwing stones and sit down with each other."

Addressing recommendations from the Mayor's Police Reform Task Force, which the city has fallen behind in implementing under the task force's suggested timeline, Turner said he and Finner are committed to putting most in place.

"We agreed to roll them out, and the mayor is going to call us and order us to roll them out, so we should be seeing something really, really soon here," Finner said.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

The deadline is May 17 for residents to protest their appraised property values set by the Harris County Appraisal District earlier this year, and officials are encouraging protesters to take online options into account. (Courtesy Pexels)
Harris County residents have until May 17 to protest property values

High demand for residential properties along with a shrinking inventory of homes translated into a roughly 8%-10% increase in residential values on average across the county this year

Brandon Nguyen owner of D&Q The Beer Station on Richmond Avenue, can guide overwhelmed newbies and beer veterans alike on the selections at his one-stop shop. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Craft Beer Guide: 14 places to celebrate American Craft Beer Week in Houston

Craft beer week runs from May 10-15, and our guide fills you in on the local breweries in Houston, including which ones are dog friendly, which ones have in-house kitchens and which ones have outdoor seating.

ExxonMobil moved employees from its Springwoods Village campus to a Hughes Landing to cure a default on a Montgomery County tax abatement. (Courtesy ExxonMobil)
ExxonMobil resolves tax abatement default; Home Depot distribution center taking over superfund site; and more top Houston-area news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Houston area.

The University of St. Thomas is a private Catholic college in Houston. It also has a microcampus in downtown Conroe. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
University of St. Thomas offering free tuition to first 500 students who apply

The online degrees are in the following fields: cybersecurity, network technology, electronic technology, general business, and alcohol and drug dependency counseling.

houston firefighters rally
Appeals court rules in favor Houston firefighters in collective bargaining case

The 14th Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the fire union in a case that originated when the city and the union failed to reach an agreement on a labor contract in 2017.

The Texas Department of State Health Services projects a significant shortage of nurses by 2032. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Why Texas faces a growing nursing shortage and what can be done to address it

In 2018, the state health department estimated about 11% of the demand for nurses was not able to be met, and that number is expected to rise to 16.3% by 2032.

Rumi's Place will open on Post Oak Boulevard in fall 2022, specializing in Persian food with a contemporary twist. (Courtesy Zadok family)
Persian restaurant Rumi's Place announced for Post Oak mixed-use development in Uptown

The eatery will occupy the last available restaurant space at the newly opened Post Oak Place, alongside Uchiko.

I-69 Southwest Freeway at I-610 West Loop will be closed May 7 at 9 p.m. until May 10 at 5 a.m. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
TxDOT: I-69 Southwest Freeway at I-610 West Loop closed through weekend

From May 7 at 9 p.m. until May 10 at 5 a.m., the lanes will be closed.

Legacy Community Health is bringing COVID-19 vaccines to historically underserved communities across Beaumont and Houston. (Courtesy Pexels)
Legacy Community Health vaccine rollout targets underserved communities in Houston, Beaumont

The health network is partnering with other entities, including Beaumont Independent School District.

Houston, Harris County annual addresses no longer hosted by Greater Houston Partnership over Texas voter bill dispute

Local leaders criticized the area chamber of commerce for not taking a definitive stance on two voting access bills currently being deliberated in the Texas Legislature.