Gilbert Police Chief John Brewer is stepping down in December, bringing to an end more than three decades in law enforcement. Brewer has been the town’s top cop for seven years. Previously, he served 25 years on Mesa’s force.
During Brewer’s tenure, Gilbert completed the Public Safety Complex, providing a permanent home for the police department’s 300 sworn and civilian employees. The department was one of the first in the Valley to adopt a black-and-white color scheme for marked police vehicles. Brewer is president of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police and served on the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board.
His resignation, handed in Monday and announced Thursday, means three East Valley police departments are looking for chiefs. Mesa’s Dennis Donna said last week that he will step down Dec. 31, and Apache Junction expects to wrap up its search for a new police chief by early next year.