Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)2008-01-19Section: MetroEdition: NortheastEPage: B1
*Steve Moore is the son of John (Goree Class of 1953) and Peggy (Patterson, Goree Class of 1955) Moore.
Longtime officer is appointed police chief
MELISSA VARGAS Star-Telegram staff writer
HURST — The newly appointed police chief is no stranger to this city. Steve Moore, 50, who was appointed Friday afternoon, was raised in Hurst and has worked at the Police Department for 30 years. Moore will replace retiring Chief Tim Wallace, who announced his retirement in December.
"Growing up in the community, I know it's a great place with a lot of great people, and the officers are very community-oriented," Moore said.
Moore lives in the city with his wife, Sandy, and their Kelsi, 11. His other children are Mandy, 19, and Matt, 21.
Mayor Richard Ward said that it was difficult choosing among three internal candidates, but that he is convinced that Moore will serve the city well.
"He is a great guy, much the same as Tim Wallace," Ward said Friday. "He has very high integrity, he's very honest and you don't have to worry about opening the newspaper one morning and reading about some scandal."
At age 15, Moore began working with the Police Department as a Boy Scout Explorer. After graduating from L.D. Bell High School in 1975, he enrolled at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi but returned before long when he realized he wanted to work in law enforcement.
Determined to work his way up the ranks, Moore began working as an animal control officer in 1977. He rose to patrol officer, patrol corporal and on to detective. In 1989, Moore was promoted to sergeant and in 2001 to lieutenant. In 2002, he became the city's assistant police chief. That's when he set his sights on someday becoming police chief, he said.
That dream will be realized Feb. 1, and Moore said he has some ambitions for his tenure, especially continuing to adapt to the rising incidence of national Internet crime.
"My main goals are to continue community support and working with other agencies," Moore said.
"Crime is a regional issue, and expanding partnerships is very important."