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After 3 years in command, Dallas police chief Renee Hall resigns

After 3 years in command, Dallas police chief Renee Hall resigns

U. Renee Hall Dallas police chief
Renee Hall at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. Courtesy photo

After three years in command, Dallas Police Department Chief Renee Hall has tendered her resignation, effective November 10.

In a letter to Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax, Hall says she is extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity to serve the residents of Dallas.

"We have accomplished so much by standing together in support of community policing and changes in the way our officers perform their duties in 2020," the letter says.

"It has not been easy," she says. "These past three years have been saturated with a series of unimaginable events that individully and collectively have never happened in the City of Dallas."

Hall describes her department as having not only coped with an "unthinkable series of events," but also "managing to implement critical reforms that were clearly needed for the DPD to meet our 21st century policing goals."

She also suggests she has another job offer.

"Over the last few months, I have received a number of inquiries about future career opportunities," she says. "As you can imagine, for many reasons, I must keep my next career step confidential. Let me assure you that I will remain committed to my true calling which is law enforcement. I will continue my dedication to service, champion responsible police leadership, and promote effective, community-based partnerships."

She ends with praise for Broadnax, stating, "The people of Dallas are extremely fortunate to have you as a leader in these extraordinary and historic times that cities all across the world are facing."

Broadnax issued a release expressing gratitude to Chief Hall for extending her tenure.

"I spoke to Chief Hall this afternoon and asked her to remain in this key position until the end of 2020," Broadnax said in the release. "That will enable us to complete the short-term goals of the R.E.A.L. Change initiative. I am extremely grateful to Chief Hall for extending her time in Dallas. This year has been tumultuous and uncertain. A few more months of her leadership are key for several projects and for a seamless transition within the police department."

Her extension also gives them a chance to develop the search criteria for her replacement and Broadnax said he would announce that process when it is finalized.