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 City Council to Consider Appointment of Avery Moore
as Tacoma’s Next Police Chief on December 7


The City Council is scheduled to consider the appointment of Avery Moore as Tacoma’s next Police Chief on December 7 at 5 PM. 


Avery Moore


Avery Moore currently serves the Dallas Police Department as the Assistant Chief of Police for the Investigations Bureau. His career at the Dallas Police Department began at the rank of police officer and he has held many progressively responsible leadership positions since, including Assistant Chief of Police, Investigations and Tactical; Deputy Chief of Police; East Patrol Bureau Commander; Northeast Patrol Division Commander; Major of Police, Northeast Patrol Division; Lieutenant of Police; Sergeant of Police; and Senior Corporal of Police. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix at Dallas and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. 

Additional details on the City of Tacoma’s Police Chief recruitment process – including archived recordings of the finalists’ November 16 presentations to the City Council and November 17 panel discussions – are available at cityoftacoma.org/policechiefrecruitment.

Community access details to view the December 7 meeting at 5 PM on Zoom are as follows:

Event ID: 84834233126
Passcode: 349099


Those who wish to follow this meeting by phone may dial (253) 215-8782. It will also air and stream live on TV Tacoma as well as Facebook.



Finalists for Tacoma's Next Police Chief


November 16, 2021



During the City Council Study Session, virtual presentations from each of the finalists took place live on TV Tacoma (Click!/Rainier Connect Channel 12, HD Channel 512 and Comcast Channel 12, HD Channel 321),  tvtacoma.comZoom and Facebook


Finalists' Study Session Presentations

November 17, 2021

8 AM - Noon
Each finalist took turns engaging in a panel discussion with the City’s labor partners and City department directors live on TV Tacoma (Click!/Rainier Connect Channel 12, HD Channel 512 and Comcast Channel 12, HD Channel 321),  tvtacoma.comZoom and Facebook. This panel discussion replayed from 1 - 4 PM on City Post (Click!/Rainier Connect Channel 21 and Comcast Channel 77). 


Finalists' Panel With City’s Labor Partners and City Department Directors


Each finalist also individually rotated into a panel discussion taking place during the same timeframe with police chiefs from other jurisdictions and senior leadership from Tacoma’s anchor institutions live on City Post (Click!/Rainier Connect Channel 21 and Comcast Channel 77) and Zoom. This panel discussion replayed from 1 - 4 PM on TV Tacoma (Click!/Rainier Connect Channel 12, HD Channel 512 and Comcast Channel 12 HD Channel 321), tvtacoma.com and Facebook.


Finalists' Panel With Police Chiefs From Other Jurisdictions and Senior Leadership From Tacoma’s Anchor Institutions


5:30 - 7 PM

There was a panel discussion between the finalists, representatives from Council committees and commissions, and community partner organizations. There were a number of ways for community members to participate, including an option to attend in person. Doors to the venue (Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St.,) opened starting at 4 PM, and there was an opportunity at that time for community members to meet and greet the finalists in person before the panel discussion began at 5:30 PM. With a total capacity of 225 at the venue to allow for six feet of physical distancing between individuals, those participating in person were required to remain masked at all times.


Community members who wished to send in questions in advance, could do so through November 12, 2021 by emailing policechiefrecruitment@cityoftacoma.org. Written questions were also collected from audiences the day of the event, using note cards for those attending in person, and on Zoom using Zoom’s Q&A feature. The moderator read them to the candidates, as time allows.


This panel discussion aired live on TV Tacoma (Click!/Rainier Connect  Channel 12, HD Channel 512 and Comcast Channel 12, HDChannel 321), and streamed on tvtacoma.comZoom and Facebook


Finalists' Panel With Representatives From Council Committees and Commissions, and Community Partner Organizations




Recruitment Timeline


October 15, 2021
Application Period Closed 


October 16, 2021 - November 3, 2021
Review and Preliminary Interviews Conducted by Bob Murray and Associates


Week of November 15, 2021
Community and Stakeholder Engagement 


November 2021
Background / Reference Checks 


December 7, 2021
Council Consideration of Police Chief Appointment



Position Information

Recruitment Firm


Joel Bryden, Vice President and Recruiter

Bob Murray and Associates 


City of Tacoma Human Resources

Department Staff Contacts


Lynn Stehr, Human Resources Analyst

Nicole Ratliff, Human Resources Specialist

Marisa Tetreault, Human Resources Analyst