City of Tolleson announces Rudy Mendoza as next police chief
PHOENIX — The city of Tolleson announced Tuesday that it has named Rudy Mendoza as its next police chief.
Mendoza, who has worked for the department for 20 years, will step into the position in January upon Chief Wayne Booher’s retirement.
“Over the past twenty years, the Tolleson Police Department has continued to grow and improve. This certainly can be attributed to the wonderful people we have working here as well as my two predecessors, Chief Rodriguez and Chief Booher,” Mendoza said in a press release. “Through their leadership they have raised the bar and expectations for the police department.
“They have both left a very solid foundation on which I plan to use to continue to raise the bar. Each and every one who lives, works, or visits the city of Tolleson deserves an exceptional police service and I will work diligently to provide that.”
Mendoza began as a police dispatcher in 2000 before attending the Phoenix Regional Police Academy to be trained as an officer. He was promoted to sergeant after five years of service.
In 2017, he was named to the commander rank, where he oversaw Police Operations.