City of Phoenix Names New Police Chief

JeriWilliamsPhoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has chosen Jeri Williams as the new Phoenix Police Chief, effective October 2016.  Williams will take over the leadership role from current Police Chief Joseph Yahner, who will retire from the force after more than 30 years of service.

Williams was chosen from a national recruitment that included some of the nation’s most qualified law enforcement leaders.

“Phoenix was blessed with stellar candidates to step into the very large shoes of Chief Joe Yahner, but I could not be happier that Jeri Williams will be our next Chief of Police,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement. “I worked with Jeri for many years during her time as an Assistant Chief here in Phoenix, and I know her as a consummate professional whose commitment to good police work is unparalleled. She rose through the ranks of the Phoenix Police Department, and has earned the respect of her colleagues and the communities she has served in every role she’s had, from foot patrol to command. I know she will do an exceptional job leading the best police department in America.”

The selection is also a history-making one.

“With the appointment of Chief Williams, Phoenix is making history, making us the largest city in the country with women leading both our Police and Fire departments,” says Vice Mayor Kate Gallego. “This should be encouraging to all women looking to advance in non-traditional fields, especially public safety.”

Currently, Williams is the Chief of Police for Oxnard, CA. Previously she worked for the Phoenix Police Department from 1989 to 2011 where she rose to the rank of Assistant Chief.

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