"The invaluable experience Moss will take to Ferguson comes from his service as public service aide, patrolman, homicide detective and, most recently, senior officer in charge of community and media relations. He has worked closely with minority and youth groups in depressed areas of the city. It was not uncommon to see him in the departure lounge at Miami international airport, leading groups of young people on cultural outreach trips to Europe.
“He is an expert in police community relations, and that is what that community needs now,” Rodolfo Llanes, the Miami police chief, told the city’s Herald newspaper last month when Moss was shortlisted for the Ferguson job. Moss’s close friend John Rivera, president of the Dade County police benevolent association, described him simply as “a class act”.