Renee Hall, Deputy Chief Detroit Police, will be the new Dallas Chief of Police.
Hall will be the first female police chief in the city’s history and will start on Sept. 5, the city announced on Wednesday.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead the Dallas Police Department at this critical time in its history,” Hall said in a statement. “I look forward to building on the successes of the past, preserving community trust and ensuring the safety of our officers and the entire Dallas community.”
Hall has been on the Detroit police force for nearly two decades and became deputy chief in 2014. The 46-year-old followed her father into police life, even though she never knew him. He was killed in 1971 when she was 6 months old.
Hall said during an interview with media last week she believes being on the force is about skill, ability to lead, ability to boost morale and engage the community.
“The City of Detroit has experienced the same elements and challenges that the City of Dallas has right now,” Hall said.
Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax chose Hall from a pool of seven finalists. All seven visited Dallas last week and met with community and business leaders for panel interviews.
“Chief Hall is a proven leader with a stellar background and a passion for public service,” Broadnax said. “These are qualities I believe are critical as we tackle crime to make our city safer while addressing organizational and policy issues within the department.”
“Chief Hall did an outstanding job in her interviews and the comments from her coworkers were positive. Good luck Chief and welcome to Big D!” the Dallas Police Association said in a tweet.
University of Texas at Dallas criminology professor Dr. Alex Piquero said in an interview last week it shouldn’t matter that Dallas’ new chief is a woman.
“I think at the end of the day citizens are going to want a police chief who is going to do the job,” Piquero said. “I think they are going to look past an individual’s demographic.”
Hall is replacing former Chief David Brown, who stepped down just months after the deadly July 7, 2016 ambush shooting in downtown Dallas that killed five officers.
Hall has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grambling State University and Master’s degrees in Security Administration and Intelligence Analysis from the University of Detroit Mercy.