Art Acevedo – President
Chief of Police - Houston Police Department
Art Acevedo is currently the Chief of Police for the Houston Police Department (HPD) in Texas and was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner. He was sworn into office on November 30, 2016, and leads a department of 5,200 sworn law enforcement officers and 1,000 civilian support personnel in the fourth largest city in the United States that has 640 square miles and an annual general fund budget of $873 million.
Chief Acevedo firmly believes that good, two-way communication is vital for a successful community and steadily works to strengthen the bond between the community and its police department. As a proponent of community policing, Chief Acevedo refers to the proven practice as “Relational Policing,” which is an opportunity to forge a relationship with each and every person a department member comes in contact with. He also subscribes to law enforcement being a data driven, intelligence led process that is well-suited to the policing profession in the 21st Century.
As the first Hispanic to lead HPD, Chief Acevedo brings a unique understanding to the concerns of the diverse communities in Houston. Born in Cuba, he was four years old when he immigrated to the United States with his family in 1968. Acevedo subsequently grew up in California and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne in California.
Acevedo began his law enforcement career with the California Highway Patrol in 1986 as a field patrol officer in East Los Angeles. Ultimately, he rose through the ranks and was named Chief of the California Highway Patrol in 2005. Prior to his nomination and appointment to lead the Houston Police Department, Chief Acevedo served nine years as the Chief of Police for the Austin, Texas Police Department from 2007 – 2016.
Chief Acevedo has held various leadership positions with the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and is currently the President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He is married to Tanya Born Acevedo and is the father of Melissa, Matthew, and Jake.
Jeri L. Williams - First Vice President
Chief of Police – Phoenix Police Department
Jeri L. Williams was appointed Police Chief of the Phoenix Police Department in October 2016. She oversees the largest police department in the State of Arizona, which provides law enforcement services to the fifth largest city in the United States. Chief Williams manages 2,900 sworn officers and more than 900 civilian employees along with an annual budget that exceeds $600 million.
Chief Williams is a 30-year law enforcement veteran and an accomplished police executive. Under her leadership, the Phoenix Police Department is advancing progressive strategies essential in contemporary law enforcement. Core components of these efforts are centered on the suppression and prevention of crime, the continuation of community engagement and outreach, the promotion of transparency and accountability to increase legitimacy and the commitment to employees and their well-being.
Previously, Chief Williams served nearly six years as Police Chief in the City of Oxnard, California where she strengthened police-community relationships and oversaw the implementation of police body-worn cameras.
Chief Williams is a native Phoenician. She began her law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department and retired as an Assistant Chief after 22 years of service following her selection as Oxnard Police Chief.
Chief Williams is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP).
During Arizona’s Centennial year, Chief Williams was honored as one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women by the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, in partnership with the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona Community Foundation for her leadership in the law enforcement profession. In 2016, Chief Williams was recognized as California Assembly District 44 Woman of the Year for her leadership and outstanding accomplishments as Chief of the Oxnard Police Department and in late 2016, President Obama appointed Chief Williams to a membership position on the Medal of Valor Review Board.
Chief Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.
Jerry Dyer – Second Vice President
Chief of Police – Fresno Police Department
Chief Jerry Dyer has served the Fresno Police Department for 39 years. As a sergeant, he supervised several high-profile units such as the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), the Patrol Tactical Team, the Major Narcotics Unit, and he also served as an Internal Affairs Investigator.
Chief Dyer rose through the ranks serving as a lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and as the department’s first assistant chief of police. Chief Dyer was appointed police chief on August 1, 2001, and is the longest tenured police chief in the history of the Fresno Police Department.
Chief Dyer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from California State University Fresno, and a Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University at Pomona.
Chief Dyer is a graduate of the California Command College, where his peers recognized him as the Most Inspirational Student. He also attended the 33rd Session of the FBI National Executive Institute. In 2008, Chief Dyer served as the president of the California Police Chief’s Association, which is comprised of 338 police chiefs.
During the 2011 California Police Chief’s Conference, Chief Dyer was honored with the Joseph T. Malloy Award, the most prestigious award granted by the California Police Chief’s Association. This recognition is bestowed based upon the recipient's professionalism, leadership, energy, and commitment to the mission of the organization. Chief Dyer serves as the 2nd Vice President of the Major Cities Chief’s Association representing the largest municipal police departments in the United States. Jerry has been married to his wife Diane for 38 years and has two children and four grandchildren.