James Hughes, the police chief for town of Maricopa, introduced on Wednesday that he plans to resign from the division.
Quinn Konold, a metropolis spokesperson, launched a written assertion saying Hughes notified town that his final day might be Sept. 15. Hughes, who has labored in legislation enforcement for 36 years, began with the Maricopa Police Department as a commander in 2012 earlier than being appointed to police chief in January 2021.
“I have made the difficult decision to move on from my position as Chief of the Maricopa Police Department,” Hughes mentioned within the assertion. “This is a community that continues to show unwavering support and respect for its police department and, as such, deserves nothing short of the highest standard of service.”
Konold instructed The Arizona Republic that Hughes didn’t give a purpose for his resignation or what he deliberate to do subsequent.
City Manager Rick Horst praised Hughes for his service and dedication.
“All of our success as a community is predicated on our ability first and foremost to ensure the safety of our residents,” Horst said. “Chief Hughes has been instrumental in creating a policing culture that understands that mission and carries out its duties with the utmost professionalism. The unparalleled support our officers enjoy from the community is a direct result of his efforts to instill the values of dignity and respect throughout the department.”
According to the city of Maricopa’s website, Hughes began his career in law enforcement in Mendham Township, New Jersey, in 1986 and has a masters degree in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Konold said the city will work with a recruiting firm to carry out a nationwide search for a replacement.
“Police services to the community will continue uninterrupted and command staff will share leadership responsibilities until a permanent replacement is found,” Konold said.
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