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Glendale names assistant Chris Briggs interim police chief

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PHOENIX – The city of Glendale announced Thursday it has appointed Chris Briggs as interim chief of police.

Briggs has served as assistant chief in the West Valley city since February 2016. He joined the department in 1992.

He has worked in every division, according to his city website biography, and planned contingency responses for the Super Bowls played at State Farm Stadium during his time in Special Operations.

Briggs’ most recent assignment was overseeing the Investigations and Administrative Bureau.

“Chief Briggs has been instrumental in building the trust and confidence between our police officers and our residents,” city manager Kevin Phelps said in a statement.

“We are fortunate to have someone who can continue the great work of the former chief, while bringing his own new ideas and viewpoints.”

Briggs replaced Rick St. John, who retired after 23 years on the job.

St. John became chief in the fall of 2016.

He had served as interim chief for five months before earning the permanent post.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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