EXECUTIVE BOARD

AZCOPS brings the best to the law enforcement in Arizona. Our board of executives work hard every day to connect, fuel, and protect all police officers.

In May 2012, David was asked to serve on the AZCOPS Finance Committee, and he continues to serve AZCOPS in that capacity. Upon the retirement of AZCOPS Vice-President Keith Benjamin from the Chandler Police Department in October of 2014, David was appointed to serve the remainder of Keith’s term beginning in January of 2015. David seldom misses a Board of Director’s meeting or a meeting of the Finance Committee because he believes in what AZCOPS provides for members and member agencies. He takes his roles seriously with AZCOPS, and he can be counted on to provide excellent feedback and input to provide the best service to each of our members, and at the same time be fiscally responsible with the finances of AZCOPS.

Victor Hetherington | President

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Scott Glass | Vice President

My name is Scott Glass and I am the current Vice President for AZCOPS. Prior to that, I spent four years on the finance committee. I have been associated with AZCOPS since 1998 and was a grievance representative during my entire membership. Currently, I am a Special Agent with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. In March of 2019, I retired from the Tucson Police Department as a Detective, after twenty-two years of meritorious service.

Elena Hernandez | Secretary

Elena has been with Maricopa County Juvenile Probation for 14 years. She started with the Juvenile Court as a Youth Detention Officer in 1998 and became a Juvenile Probation Officer in 2000. Currently, she is a Juvenile Intensive Probation Officer. Elena has a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in Justice Studies with a Minor in Spanish and a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Counseling. Prior to becoming a probation officer, Elena attended college and volunteered for the Chandler Police Department’s crime lab and Maricopa County Adult Probation Department. She is the founder and president of Maricopa County Probation Association (MCPA). In her free time, Elena enjoys competing in various mud runs, participating in the Pat Tillman run each year, and going to ASU football games. Go, Devils!

Rick Benavidez | Treasurer

I am a Veteran of the United States Air Force. I was elected to AZCOPS Executive Board as Treasure in 2019.  I am both humbled and honored to sit upon the AZCOPS Executive Board and intend to represent the organization and our members to the best of my ability.  It has always been important to me to be involved with Unions to ensure that members are educated of their rights and are always represented. In the 17.5 years working at Pinal County Sheriff’s office, I have held positions on the Pinal Counties Deputies Association as Vice President, and the current President. I served as Vice President of the Steelworkers Union and as Grievance Chairman.  Just as it is important for me to be involved in Unions and Associations, I have also been involved in my community as well. I have served on the Oracle School District Governing Board, coached multiple sports in the community and for the school district. Served on the Little League Board; currently the Connections Learning Center Director. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going fishing, and watching the Boston Red Sox!  

Jim Parks | Executive Director

Jim is a military veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Army Reserve. He retired from the Tucson Police Department in November 2007. During his career with the department he worked Uniform Division, CRT Unit, and the Academy as a Defensive Tactics Instructor. He spent his last seven years in the Bike Unit.

Jim has been involved in union leadership for over 20 years. He served five years as President of AZCOPS from 2002-2008, and previously served as Vice President for Tucson Police Officers Association. He was also Treasurer for both AZCOPS and TPOA, and also served as a Grievance Rep for TPOA. Prior to becoming a police officer, Jim was Sergeant at Arms of a local union while working as a pressman at Tucson Newspaper, Inc.