On Thursday (Mar. 31), veteran Florida police officer Delrish Moss was picked to lead the Ferguson Police Departmen, according to reports. The news of Moss’marks a turning point for the department, which was come under intense scrutiny after generating national headlines from Brown’s death.
The unarmed black teen was fatally shot by a white police officer in August 2014. Since Brown’s death, protests have been held to protest the tragedy as well as the handling of the case. A federal probe concluded there was racial bias throughout the Ferguson’s justice system.
“Change doesn’t come easily, but I think I’m ready for that challenge,” Moss told ABC 10.
A major with the Miami Police Department, Moss comes to Ferguson with 32 years of experience on the job. The 51-year-old’s years of experience are something Ferguson officials are looking to in hopes of repairing the department’s reputation since Brown’s death.
According to ABC 10, Moss was selected over three other finalists from Indiana and Missouri and will replace interim Ferguson Police Chief Andre Anderson, “who was suspended last August after it was discovered that he’d previously been suspended three times in one year.”
“This has been a long and strenuous process, but we believe Maj. Moss is the right choice,” Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, told NBC News. “We understand the past 18 months have not been easy for everyone, but the city is now moving forward, and we are excited to have Maj. Moss lead our police department.”
In his interview with ABC 10, Moss referenced his desire to become a police officer, which came after being harassed as a young man by two Miami officers who called him the n-word.
“I wanted to provide to my community better service than I was getting that day,” Moss shared. “Those things really made me become a police officer.”
Although his new role will be quite a challenge, Moss welcomes the task at hand and what lies ahead.
“If we’re transparent, if we’re persistent, if we’re listening, I think we stand a good chance of moving forward,” he told ABC 10.