Police chief rose to the top in his native city
Career highlights: Selected as Officer of the Year in 1996; awarded three Medals of Merit and a Distinguished Service Medal over the course of my career.
Proudest moment: Actually a tie between when I was first awarded my badge, and the day I was sworn in as Chief of Police. On both occasions my family was there to watch, which is significant because I would not have been able to achieve either goal without their support.
On the job/valuable learning experience: Law enforcement is such a diverse profession. With the lows of dealing with some of the worst in society also come the highs and satisfaction of helping members of the community and knowing that you have made a difference in someone’s life.
Why did you decide to pursue this career? Coming from a sports background in high school, I was attracted to the atmosphere of teamwork and personal challenge that the career offered. I have worked with some of the greatest people I have ever known and have not once regretted my career choice.
Final word (advice to others considering serving our community): Never limit yourself or others on what you can accomplish. Even at the worst moments, you have to believe that one person stepping forward truly can make a difference and improve their community. Choose to be that person.
Chief Villaseñor was born in Tucson, Arizona. He joined the Tucson Police Department in 1980. He was promoted to assistant chief in 2000, and to chief of police in 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Park University and a Master’s degree in Counseling/Human Resources from Northern Arizona University.
His experience in law enforcement includes commanding the Investigative Services Bureau, the Administrative Services Bureau, the Field Services Bureau and the Support Services Bureau.