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Phoenix suburb makes interim police chief Rick St. John a permanent hire

Glendale Police Chief Rick St. John (Glendale Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX — After serving as interim chief for the past five months, Rick St. John has officially been hired as Glendale’s permanent police chief, it was announced Friday.

“Chief St. John is an extraordinary law enforcement leader who has earned my highest degree of confidence,” Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps said in a press release. “With more than two decades of service with the Glendale Police Department, he brings a strong balance of experience, dedication and acumen.”

St. John has been with the Glendale Police Department for more than 20 years. He began as a patrol officer and was part of the neighborhood response and domestic violence units. He began to work his way up, first as a training officer, then as assistant chief and interim chief.

“He has a deep affection for this city and that is the high level of commitment I wanted in someone at the helm and in this high-profile position,” Phelps said.

St. John said he is excited to officially take over the department.

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to lead these men and women as we build a stronger department and better community,” he said in the release.

St. John took over the department on an interim basis when former Chief Debora Black moved to Prescott.

St. John is an Arizona State University graduate. He has a wife and four children.

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