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Chief David Brown Will Retire Almost Three Weeks Earlier Than Originally Planned

Dallas Police Chief David Brown at a press conference on Sept. 8 about his retirement in October.

Police Chief David Brown will retire on Oct. 4 — almost three weeks earlier than he originally planned.


Brown was supposed to retire on Oct. 22, his 56th birthday. He says he’s taking advantage of “some time sensitive opportunities that have been presented,” as his reason for the earlier date. He updated his post from Sept. 1 on the Dallas Police Department blog about the change.


“I am confident that a strong leadership succession plan is already in place for the department and I feel comfortable in accelerating my departure date,” he says in the statement.

Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston said Brown changed his retirement date because of when he will receive his first payment from his pension, The Dallas Morning Newsreports. "If he retires at the beginning of the month, he will be paid by the pension at the end of October. He would be paid at the end of November if he retired when he originally planned," according to the Morning News.


In a press conference last Thursday, Brown did not offer any concrete details on what he plans to do after retirement.

Assistant Chief David Pughes will serve as interim police chief as the department conducts a national search for candidates.