Joseph Gamaldi has a lot of work ahead of him.
Elected by a 9-1 margin in late October, Gamaldi is now the leader of the Houston Police Officers’ Union on Thursday at a crucial time for the Houston Police Department.
The New York native, just 34 years-old, is a passionate defender of the rights of police officers.
He wasn’t crazy about New York and likes Houston a lot better.
“I’d take Houston over New York any day of the week,” he said. “There’s a ton of opportunity for everyone here. We’re a diverse city, a diverse police department, we all get along … Look at Harvey. You had people from different religions, races, cultures, socioeconomic standing, and they all came together to help each other. That’s Houston.”
After arriving in Houston, Gamaldi enrolled in an HPD academy, where he met his future wife, Alexa.
They married in 2010 and now have two daughters, ages 2 and 4. Alexa is now also an HPD officer.
Chief Art Acevedo thinks Gamaldi is the right guy for the job.
Above: Chief Acevedo is second from left
“He understands the importance of having a strong relationship with the community, particularly minority communities, and having a good relationship with the elected officials we serve under, the command staff, everyone,” he said. “I think Joe’s ready, I think he’s capable, and I look forward to the next chapter of my relationship with the HPOU.”