City Appoints First Black Police Chief

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The City of Delaware has appointed Captain Adam Moore as the city’s first black chief of police. City Manager Tom Homan made the appointment, effective September 13, and swore in Moore at City Hall.

Despite appearing Caucasian, Moore is African American and can trace his family roots back to slavery. His great-great-great grandfather was one of the first train conductors on the underground railroad.

Moore, 45, has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience and has been a Captain since 2012.

“I am proud to appoint Captain Adam Moore as the City of Delaware’s newest chief of police,” Homan said. “Captain Moore has demonstrated strong leadership during his 20 years with the Delaware Police Department, and I am confident he will continue to serve the Delaware community with distinction.”

“It is truly an honor to be appointed as the first black man to serve as chief of police for the City of Delaware,” said Moore. “I look forward to continuing to serve and am committed to working with our department and all members of the community to make Delaware a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Mark Cutler, a member of the Delaware African American Heritage Council, said the appointment of Moore is a “significant step” for the city.

“This is an important day for the City of Delaware and our community,” Cutler said. “Captain Moore’s appointment as chief of police is a significant step forward in our efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive Delaware. He represents the hope of black America.”

Accepted By Black Community

It wasn’t always easy for Moore, whose white skin caused some in the black community to question his authenticity. But Cutler said he’s been welcomed with open arms.

“The African American community has embraced him,” said Cutler. “People have come to know and trust him, and they are proud of his appointment as chief of police.”

Moore said his status as a black male role model is important.

“I want people to know that I am proud to be black,” said Moore. “I want young people to see that it is possible to achieve their dreams, no matter where they come from or what they look like.”

“Just An Average Guy”

On weekends, Moore can be found petting his dog, power washing his home, and not smoking cigarettes. He’s also an avid collector of antique filing cabinets, a hobby he’s had since childhood.

“I’m just your average black man who likes World War II era filing systems and law enforcement,” said Moore. “Take away the gun and badge, and I’m no different from anyone else.”

Moore is the department’s 13th Chief of Police and will oversee 55 sworn officers and a budget of $12 million. The city says a badge-pinning ceremony will occur later this month, with details forthcoming.

Ricardo Paye
Ricardo Paye
Ricardo Paye is a Senior Correspondent with Delaware Ohio News. Born and raised in the Delaware County Fairgrounds, he's a reporter with a deep knowledge of the streets who isn't afraid to ask tough questions. His fondest childhood memory is getting a hand job from a public utility worker in the basement of Pilsner's 5 & Dime store. He holds a bachelor's degree in Euthanasia from Ohio Wesleyan University.

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