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Old May 21, 2013, 02:25 PM   #16
csmsss
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Typically, police chiefs are appointed by mayors and run a city's police department, and sheriffs are elected by the citizens of a county and do not officially report to a civilian politician.

In practice, this means that the police chief is nearly always a reflection of the politics of the mayor who appoints him or her, and in the case of Chief Acevedo, this is no exception.

Neither police chiefs nor sheriffs are necessarily required to be professional law enforcement officers prior to their assumption of office; this is, however, infrequent as many states impose minimum training and certification requirements before they will authorize that sheriff or police chief to be a licensed peace officer under that state's jurisdiction.

http://www.tcleose.state.tx.us/Docum..._requir_11.pdf

There are, interestingly enough, examples in Texas where sheriffs and chiefs are voted/appointed into office without possessing the required credentials to be a Texas peace officer.
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