Interim police chief hired in Phoenix

Michael Sullivan, who helped the Baltimore Police Department make reforms after a harmful DOJ investigation, will now oversee the Phoenix Police Department.

PHOENIX — Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton has appointed a Baltimore police officer to quickly substitute outgoing Police Chief Jeri Williams and preside over town’s police company for the subsequent couple of years. 

Michael Sullivan, who at present serves as deputy commissioner of compliance for the Baltimore Police Department, has been hired to steer the Phoenix Police Department because the U.S. Department of Justice continues to research the company for attainable civil rights violations. 

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Sullivan will function the police chief on an interim foundation till a everlasting alternative for Williams is hired, Barton stated. Williams introduced her retirement earlier this year.

“Sullivan brings 27 years of regulation enforcement expertise to the desk, and he has led police reform efforts for main cities,” town supervisor stated. 

“His expertise working in collaboration with communities, the DOJ, federal courtroom and extra offers me confidence he has the expertise essential to step into the interim Phoenix Police Chief function throughout this essential time.”

Sullivan started his career in regulation enforcement with the Louisville Metro Police Department earlier than transferring to Baltimore in 2019. Sullivan was assigned to steer reform efforts in Baltimore after the DOJ investigated the police agency in 2016 for accusations of extreme pressure and constitutional violations. 

Sullivan holds a bachelor’s diploma in police administration and a grasp’s diploma in the administration of justice from the University of Louisville.

Sullivan will formally take over as police chief beginning on Sept. 12.

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