Miami Police Officer to Take Over Ferguson Police Department

"Moss exemplifies the type of experience... that will enhance the many new programs within the Department."

On Thursday, the city of Ferguson announced that Delrish Moss, a police major from Miami, Florida will take over the embattled police department:

Moss, a former homicide detective, will take over a department that figuratively became Ground Zero for a stream of clashes between law enforcement and black males after the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in August 2014. Brown's death at the hands of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson spurred protests across the nation focused on alleged police misconduct.

"Major Moss exemplifies the type of experience in law enforcement that we believe will enhance the many new programs within the Ferguson Police Department," Ferguson City Manager De'Carlon Seewood said in a statement. "Our officers have worked extremely hard to implement community policing and community engagement in their daily practices. Major Moss is the right man for the job to continue those initiatives." 

Moss headed up the Miami Police Department's Public Information/Community Relations Division and will replace Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson. Jackson resigned after a Department of Justice report criticized the department's policies.

Moss was one of 54 candidates for the job.