A police veteran with experience in Houston and Miami will join the Aurora Police Department’s executive staff as interim deputy chief of police.
Heather Morris, who has worked in patrol, field training, DWI task force, and criminal and internal affairs investigations, will be sworn in to the position on April 3, police said in a news release.
Interim Police Chief Art Acevedo announced the hiring. Their tenures overlapped in Houston and Miami.
Morris was hired by the Houston Police Department in 1999 and she retired from that department in 2021 as an assistant chief. Community engagement and transparency are top priorities for Morris, according to the release.
“I plan on working with the community and finding ways to bring them into our processes so everyone understands our department and the good work we’re doing,” Morris stated in the release.
Morris received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Houston in 1998. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in criminology from UH.
For a short time, less than a year, she served as second-in-command under Acevedo in Miami, but was let go when that position was defunded, according to nbcmiami.com.
Acevedo, in the news release, described Morris as a “high energy, ethical professional,” who is “committed to organizational excellence.”
According to the release, Morris met her husband, Phillip, who worked for the Galveston Police Department, while working at the Houston Police Department. They have five children and one grandchild.
“My husband and I are excited for the adventure ahead,” she said.
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