(Ferguson, MO) – The City of Ferguson announced Commander Andre Anderson of the Glendale, Ariz. Police Department as its new interim Police Chief. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III and Interim City Manager Ed Beasley introduced Anderson at a press conference on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
Anderson will take a six month leave of absence from the Glendale Police Department to assume his duties as interim chief. His first day is Thursday, July 23, 2015.
“Commander Anderson has over 24 years of law enforcement experience,” said interim city manager Ed Beasley. “We believe his leadership ability and his years of serving the community will be beneficial to the citizens of Ferguson. He has led the Glendale Police Department with several leadership initiatives concerning community policing and crime reduction initiatives that helped sustain community partnerships for Glendale residents,” added Beasley.
Anderson’s duties with the Glendale Police Department also included leading the Criminal Investigations Division, supervising detectives from Homicide, Fraud and Computer Forensics, Family Violence as well as other undercover operations to include joint task force agents assigned to the DEA, FBI and U.S. Marshals.
Anderson is a United States Army Veteran and holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Class 251), Northwestern Police and Staff Command School and West Point’s Leadership in Police Organizations Command School.
“The City of Ferguson and our police department have endured a tremendous amount of distrust during the past nine months,” said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III. “We understand that it will take time to once again gain the trust of everyone. We believe that Commander Anderson can make recommendations to the police department that will be innovative and will have long standing improvements for our citizens and to the entire community,” added Knowles.
Anderson has served as the Region Six Vice President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) where he led the activities of several chapters. He also served as a co-chair for the National Civil Rights Committee and has been recognized both nationally and locally as an organizational mentor/change agent.
Anderson will replace Lieutenant Colonel Al Eickhoff, who will resume his duties as Assistant Police Chief.