|Name||Lee P. Brown|
Houston, Texas , United States
|| October 04, 1937
|Last Modifed||Juan Croniqueur|
Nov 30, 2015 09:43pm
|Info||The Honorable Lee Patrick Brown 50th Mayor of the City of Houston Capping a career of public service dedicated to law enforcement, Lee P. Brown was elected mayor of the City of Houston on December 6, 1997; sworn in on January 2, 1998; and re-elected in 1999 and again in 2001 (to his third and final term). |
Upon taking Office, Mayor Brown outlined five guiding principles that have subsequently shaped his leadership of the fourth largest city in the United States:
Prior to his election as Mayor, Brown served in President Bill Clinton's Cabinet as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy from 1993 to 1996.
He has an undergraduate degree in criminology from Fresno State University, a master's degree in sociology from San Jose State University and holds both a master's degree and a doctorate degree in criminology from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was recently named a UC-Berkeley Fellow.
Lee Brown rose through the law enforcement ranks over the next three decades - first as a patrolman (San Jose, CA); then as a sheriff (Multnomah, OR); followed by Commissioner of Public Safety (Atlanta, GA); Chief of Police (Houston); and Commissioner of Police (New York City). During this time, Brown conceived a concept known today as Neighborhood Oriented Policing - which over 60 percent of all police departments nationwide have adopted in one form or another.
His many awards and honors include Library Journal's Politician of the Year Award; Ebony Magazine's Most Influential African American; the International Leadership Awards from B'nai B'rith; the Peace and Justice Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Change; the Quasar Award from the Clear Lake Area Economic Development Foundation; and Father of the Year from the National Father's Day Committee.
Mayor Brown has four grown children and 10 grandchildren from his marriage to his late wife, Yvonne. He is married to Frances Young, a teacher in the Houston Independent School District.