New Prescott Police Chief to start work in July

PRESCOTT – As of July 18, a new police chief will be on board at the City of Prescott.

In a news release late Thursday, June 16, the city announced that Debora Black, who currently serves as Police Chief in Glendale, had accepted the job of Prescott Police Chief.

Black, the first female police chief in Prescott, will replace former Chief Jerald Monahan, who resigned in April to take a job as chief of police at Yavapai College. Monahan’s last day on the job was June 15.

Black has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience with two Arizona police agencies, the new release stated. She has served as police chief for the City of Glendale for the past four years, preceded by five and a half years as assistant chief.

Previously, Black spent 25 years with the Phoenix Police Department, beginning as a recruit, and ascending to sergeant, lieutenant, commander, and assistant chief.

Black holds a master’s degree in public administration, and a bachelor’s of science in justice studies – both from Arizona State University – as well as a paralegal certificate from Phoenix College.

“Chief Black is a highly regarded, well experienced public-safety professional who will bring many talents to the position of chief of police for the City of Prescott,” said Prescott City Manager Craig McConnell. “She will be valuable to the community not only as an accomplished leader with a strong command presence, but also as a mentor to all levels of the Prescott Police Department. Prescott is fortunate to be getting the very best with Chief Black.”

Black said she is “thrilled to be named as police chief for the City of Prescott.” She added: “I have been blessed to serve with two outstanding police departments in Arizona, and welcome the opportunity to apply my experience to the challenges and opportunities in Prescott. I look forward to standing alongside the men and women of the Prescott Police Department as we together provide the highest level of service to our community.”

Black was one of 31 applicants attracted through a national search for new Prescott Police Chief. The city announced earlier this month that Black was one of two finalists invited to interviews on June 14.

The first round of interviews with five semi-finalists took place electronically via Skype.

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