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Candidates Selected for Sedona Police Chief Interviews

Article submitted by City of Sedona AZ

Article submitted by City of Sedona AZ

Sedona AZ (September 21, 2016) – In June 2016, the city of Sedona conducted a nationwide recruitment for the position of Chief of Police, and upon review, a search committee narrowed down the finalists from thirty three to fifteen, and after phone interviews, to the top seven candidates.

After Police Chief Ray Cota’s resignation in June 2016, the city of Sedona hired retired Police Chief Ron Wheeler as Interim Chief of Police. Chief Wheeler has committed to staying with the city until a new Chief of Police is hired and present.

On September 29, 2016, the top seven candidates will meet city staff and undergo a series of interview panels. This comprehensive interview process will include formal interviews with City Manager Justin Clifton and panel interviews with city staff, city public safety personnel, chiefs of police and other high ranking emergency management personnel from around the state, and community members. With input from the interview panels, the final hiring decision will be made by Clifton.

sedona police logo“I am looking forward to meeting our top candidates in person. Each has the direct experience and skills to move the Sedona Police Department forward,” said Clifton.

The candidates for Chief of Police are:

Jeffrey Cavender, chief of police, Momence, Ill.
Kenneth Koch, University of Colorado Police Department, Boulder, Colo.
Geoffrey Leggett, assistant chief of police, Surprise, Ariz.
Jacquelyn MacConnell, commander, Camp Verde, Ariz.
David McGill, detective division commander, Newport Beach, Calif.
Keith McPheeters, retired deputy chief of police, Farmington, N.M.
Karl Woodridge, bureau chief, Pima County Sherriff’s Department, Tucson, Ariz.

For more information on the city’s recruitment process or for inquiries regarding candidate resumes, contact the city of Sedona Human Resources Department at 928-203-5189 or HumanResources@SedonaAZ.gov.

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  1. Jerry, Sedona City Limits says:

    Here we go again. Wonder how interested any of them would be if they knew the true story about how this city is managed. Like pay to play, etc. Most of you know exactly what that means. Wonder if Jennifer W and Steve S will be sitting in on the interviews so they will have a final say in the decision. That’s how it works in Sedona.

  2. Sedona Times and Sedona Eye Staff says:

    Welcome and congratulations to David McGill, new Sedona Police Chief, now on the job.

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