Love for service
Years of service: Two years as a patrol officer; two and a half years as a motor officer; two and a half years as a patrol sergeant; two years as the personnel services sergeant; seven and a half years as a police commander, and nearly four years as assistant chief of police. I’ve served for more than 20 years total.
Education: I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey College of Business and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Personal triumphs: My time as SWAT commander. During the four years I held this position, I was responsible for several operations where the threat potential was very high. Fortunately, my officers always returned home safely to their families.
Duties: I co-develop and review department goals, objectives and our strategic plan; address staffing issues; continuously evaluate our organizational structure to ensure we are well-positioned to fight crime; monitor our crime-fighting efforts; serve as a resource to our employees and monitor legislative issues that affect law enforcement. Periodically, I will also go out on patrol where I can respond to a variety of calls for service and help our patrol officers.
Who inspired you to become a police officer? My father is, by far, my greatest influence. His love for the military and for law enforcement fostered my desire to become a police officer.
Proudest moments: The birth of my two daughters and marrying my wife.
Who is your hero? That’s easy … my father!
What do you like most about your work? I love that I truly have the ability to make a difference in our organization and in our community. By virtue of my position, I am able to help our officers be successful and provide the best law enforcement service possible.
Dark moments: My darkest moments are when one of our officers is either hurt or killed. During my tenure as assistant chief, we lost Motor Officer Kevin Weeks when he was involved in a traffic accident. We have also had officers who have been critically injured, some of whom can never be police officers again.
Perspective: Balancing service with family life is absolutely critical. Law enforcement can be a very stressful and demanding job. What makes managing the stress possible for me is the love and support of family and friends. Spending quality time with family helps me keep things in the proper perspective.
In closing: Serving others is a very noble calling. Our community trusts us with their safety – we should never take that responsibility lightly.