Scottsdale Assistant Police Chief Sean Duggan will be the next Chandler Police Chief.
Duggan and Christopher Vicino, an assistant chief with the Riverside (Calif.) Police Department, were the finalists and City Manager Rich Dlugas selected Duggan.
“Chief Duggan brings 27 years of progressive, responsible experience in all facets of police work,” Dlugas said. “His record shows a commitment to community engagement and employee empowerment and he truly impressed our management team during interviews.”
Duggan’s local ties in during those 27 years also played a role in his selection.
“It helped,” Duggan said. “People around here know me and I’ve worked with many department in other cities around the Valley.
“I’m looking forward to joining the Chandler Police Department. I am deeply honored to be offered this position. I’m ready to go to the next level as a police chief in a progressive and vibrant city.”
Duggan expects to start in Chandler Jan. 13. Assistant Police Chief Dave Neuman is serving as acting chief after former chief Sherry Kiyler retired in July.
The Chandler Law Enforcement Association in a message on its website welcomed Duggan: “We look forward to working with Chief Duggan to continue to make the Chandler Police Department one of the top agencies in Arizona.”
Duggan, who described himself as good communicator who has been “successful in empowering people,” said he doesn’t have any major changes for the department in mind.
“It’s a high-performing police department,” Duggan said. “I’m going to look, listen and learn when I get there.”
Duggan joined the Scottsdale police as an officer 1986 and was named assistant chief in charge of the investigative services bureau in 2006. He has supervised the city’s Youth/Gang Intervention Unit, served as a SWAT commander and a Special Investigations section commander.
Duggan also previously worked for the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s gang and illegal immigration task force and was selected for the FBI’s Police Executive Fellowship Program.
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