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Ferguson, Missouri named 32-year veteran, Florida cop Delrish Moss, the new chief of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department.

This decision comes nearly two years after the police-involved murder of Ferguson teen Michael Brown. Moss will replace interim police chief Andre Anderson, who was suspended last August.

Major Moss, 51, is expecting to bring with him years of police and public affairs experience in order to address the predominantly white police force’s reputation of disparaging treatment of residents, which came to light following the August 2014 killing.

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“This has been a long and strenuous process, but we believe Major Moss is the right choice,” Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said. “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 Major Moss lead our police department.”

Moss’s current boss, Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes, congratulated the 32-year veteran on his new assignment, but he called the appointment a “bittersweet moment.”

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