TUCSON, Ariz. -- Chris Magnus, a former Fargo police chief, has been chosen to lead the Tucson Police Department, city officials there said in a news release.

The Tucson City Council unanimously approved Magnus' appointment at its Tuesday night meeting, the Arizona Daily Star reported. He’ll make $200,000 per year plus benefits, the newspaper said.

Magnus was one of three finalists for the job in Tucson, a city of about 528,000, officials said. He'll replace Chief Roberto Villaseñor, who's set to retire in December after 35 years with the Tucson Police Department.

For the last 10 years, Magnus has been the police chief in Richmond, Calif., a city of about 109,000 on the San Francisco Bay. During his time in Richmond, he oversaw significant drops in crime.

Magnus, who was Fargo's chief from 1999 to 2006, gained media attention last year by attending a protest in Richmond and holding a sign that said "Black Lives Matter," the slogan used in the national movement against police misconduct and brutality.

Also last year, Magnus married Terrance Cheung, chief of staff for Richmond Mayor Tom Butt. Magnus was reported to be the first openly gay male police chief to marry.

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