San Jose City Manager Debra Figone has not yet made a decision as to who will be the city’s next police chief. As the evaluation process goes on, more and more positive stories are coming out about acting chief Chris Moore.
In a recent letter to the Mercury News, Luciano Aldana of San Jose shared the following. “I worked under him in the 1990s. Chris isn’t arrogant, egotistic, dogmatic, nor a cult-of-personality type. He is honest, pragmatic, down-to-earth, fair and objective….he’d do an excellent job when interacting with community and police personnel during times of crisis.”
San Jose attorney Donald Kilmer went to law school with Chris Moore. Kilmer, a civil rights lawyer who has prosecuted police misconduct cases against the City of San Jose says “Chris Moore’s commitment to law and order, the Constitution and the City of San Jose, makes him an obvious choice to lead the city’s police department.”
Chris Moore is considered an international expert in police ethics. Moore was awarded a Fulbright Police Research Fellowship, was a White House Fellow, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and a law degree. He has served as a street cop, an undercover cop, and worked as a commander in Internal Affairs.
The San Jose Police Department is not a perfect organization. However, the department must be doing something right given San Jose’s perennial ranking as one of America’s safest big cities.
On Nov. 8, the Merc reported that many believe City Manager Figone is “leaning toward picking a candidate from outside the department.” But why look outside of the city when you already have someone with such an impressive resume and strong background?
The citizens of San Jose have already received a hint as to the kind of leader Chris Moore would be. One of Moore’s first decisions as acting chief was to promote Diane Urban to assistant chief, making her the first woman to hold the rank in San Jose history.
Someday, Chris Moore will make a great chief of police for some city. Let’s hope that that time and place is here and now.