Some H-town history was made today when Martha Montalvo was named bu Mayor Sylvester Turner as the interim HPD chief in the wake of the sudden retirement that takes effect February 26 of former HPD chief Charles McClellan.
She was born in Ecuador, immigrated her with her family in the 60’s, and grew up in Houston’s predominately Latinx East End. After earning a bachelors of science from UHD and a masters from Sam Houston State, she started as a HPD beat cop in May 1980 and rose through the ranks as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and assistant chief of police in her now 35 year career.
She was serving on former Chief McClellan’s command staff, supervising five departments, 60 civilians and 128 officers before her elevation to interim chief.
Chief Montalvo becomes the first Latina to be named to the top job in the Houston Police Department and the second female (first was Elizabeth Watson 1990-1992) to hold the position.
‘I’m very invested in ensuring that as long as I’m interim, that we continue to ensure that the officers continue their exemplary professionalism, and that we continue to be transparent and accountable to the community we serve,” said Chief Montalvo.
She will serve as the interim chief until a permanent one is found to fill the job. Hey, why not her?
We’ll see how that plays out. Congratulations Chief Montalvo on making Houston and HPD history.