Not only is Chief Moya the first woman to hold the rank of deputy chief she is also a proud Hispanic woman! She has served the department for more than 24 years in roles ranging from records clerk to interim deputy chief.

Deputy Chief Eline Moya was sworn into her new position on Aug. 17 during a private ceremony at the Victoria Community Center annex attended by local officials, law enforcement, and family members. She is the first woman in the department’s history to hold the rank of deputy chief.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to serve our citizens and our officers in a new way as our department works to protect our residents, improve our community partnerships and provide excellent service,” Moya said. “I’m looking forward to promoting safety and enhancing livability in the city where I grew up.”

Deputy Chief Moya joined the Victoria Police Department in 1999 as a records clerk. In 2000, she attended the Victoria College Police Academy, and she began serving as a patrol officer upon her graduation. She has also served in the Training Unit, assisting with in-house training and recruitment; as a patrol sergeant within the Patrol Division; as the special assignment sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division; and as the department’s public information officer. In 2014, she became the first Hispanic woman to be promoted to the rank of lieutenant. She was then promoted to captain and served as the Support Services commander and the Criminal Investigations Division commander. She has served as interim deputy chief since January.

Moya holds a Master Peace Officer license and is a 2014 graduate of the FBI National Academy.  She was a member of the Crossroads Business and Education Connection (CBEC) organization for ten years and is currently serving as board president of the HOPE Child Advocacy Center

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