Former San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore has a new job as senior vice president for Rivada Networks, a company that designs broadband public safety communications for state and local government agencies. Moore retired from SJPD in January after serving the city of San Jose for more than 27 years. It was assumed Moore wouldn’t stay unemployed for long, but his new digs have an interesting backstory.
Rivada has made a habit out of filling its board positions with former military men and national security officials. Declan Ganley, founder and CEO of Rivada, has quite the background himself, having sold aluminum commodities as a young man in the former Soviet Union, then running a “high-profile” jewelry website and later forming communications contracts with the U.S. military.
Estimated to be worth hundreds of millions, Ganley also started in 2006 the Libertas party in Ireland, which eventually led to some critics referring to him as “a puppet of the U.S. military.” He lost a bid for a seat on the European Parliament in 2009.
Other Rivada board members include: Michael Jackson, former chief operating officer of the Dept. of Homeland Security; Richard Meyers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Peter Goldscheider, a finance expert who created EPIC; George Foresman, former secretary of preparedness at Homeland Security; James Loy, previously a deputy secretary for Homeland Security; and Charles Guthrie, the former chief of general staff for the British Army.
Moore’s inclusion in this group makes some sense, as his public safety profile is he did receive a White House fellowship with the US Department of Justice and was a recipient of a Fulbright Police Research Fellowship in the United Kingdom. What may have helped him most in landing the job, however, is some of the time Moore spent traveling during his final years with the SJPD.
Moore received criticism in 2011 for his frequent business trips to Washington D.C. to conduct meetings on broadband emergency communications. Meanwhile, during some of these this trips, the San Jose murder rate soared. Moore was out of town throughout May, considered one of the “bloodiest” months of that year.
In a press release sent out Friday, Ganley seemed to confirm that Moore’s work in this respect was a key factor in his hiring.
“As the founding Chairman of the Public Safety Alliance (PSA), Chief Moore was instrumental in bringing the public safety community together and forged a consensus that ultimately led to the FirstNet legislation,” Ganley said. “We are pleased to have him on board as we all work together to make the nationwide public safety broadband network a reality.”
A quick check with City Hall confirmed that Moore did not receive any outside income in his final two years with SJPD. His retirement in January delayed his lump-sum retirement payout from the city, but it is expected to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
H/T to The Daily Fetch.