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City of Sedona Hires New Police Chief

Sedona Police Department is located on Roadrunner Drive in west Sedona

Sedona Police Department is located on Roadrunner Drive in west Sedona

Sedona AZ (October 18, 2016) – After a national recruitment and all-day interview process, the city of Sedona welcomes incoming Chief of Police David McGill as the newest member of the Sedona Police Department. McGill is leaving his position as Deputy Chief of Police for the Newport Beach Police Department and is expected to join the Sedona Police Department by January 17, 2017.

In his role as Deputy Chief of Police with the city of Newport Beach, McGill managed a team of over 100 people, with a budget of $28 million. Prior to his four years in Newport Beach, McGill had a successful 25 year career with the Los Angeles Police Department working assignments in the areas of Patrol Watch Commander, Internal Affairs Division, Detective Division Commanding Officer, Patrol and Traffic Commander, and more.

Additionally, McGill has a Master of Public Administration, and is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program and the 212th Session of the FBI’s National Academy.

Sedona AZ new police chief

Sedona AZ new police chief, David McGill, takes the helm for the city in January 2017 after a nationwide search and seven interview sessions with a panel of chiefs from across Arizona, a city manager interview, a citizens panel interview, a city staff department head panel interview, and a panel of current police department staff.

“It is my intent to use my 30 years of experience, in two very different police departments, to help move this organization forward, and to improve on what I believe is an already exemplary police organization. I am humbled and honored to have been selected as your next Chief of Police,” said McGill.

The interview process for deciding on the new Police Chief took place in September 2016, and consisted of seven sessions including a professionals panel of chiefs from across Arizona, a City Manager interview, a community panel comprised of citizens, a city of Sedona department head interview panel and a police panel of current Sedona Police Department staff.

“As an active member on the professionals panel, I’m excited for David and think he’ll bring a lot of energy to the department,” said current city of Sedona Police Chief Ron Wheeler.

In his role as the new Chief of Police, McGill will initially focus on getting to know the community while looking for personnel development opportunities and improving services for city residents.

“I’m very excited to welcome David as our new Police Chief. He was the top candidate by consensus in our selection process. I have great confidence that he will be a strong leader and a welcome addition to our community,” said Justin Clifton, city of Sedona city manager.

For more information on the Chief of Police position, call the city of Sedona Human Resources Office at 928-203-5189.

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  1. Eagle eye says:

    Why would you leave Newport. I wouldn’t, except crime here is probably 10% of what is there.

  2. steve segner says:

    Nice start , nothing good to say, welcome to sedona would have been a nice start.

  3. Been There says:

    Here we go again. Another sorehead (Eagle Eye) unhappy with Sedona. Or is it Arizona in general? The question to the the new Chief of Police, asking about why he would leave Newport Beach, is pretty much a dead giveaway. Over and over people brag about how much better other places are, including Cottonwood, and yet these malcontents apparently choose to remain here. Am I the only one left scratching my head?

    Welcome to what was once the most beautiful place in the world now to into the most nutty, Police Chief David McGill. This is only the beginning.

  4. donna says:

    Welcome to Sedona.

  5. Been There says:

    And who would have thought S. Segner would have been the first to take Eagle Eye to task. (I was hoping for that honor.) At any rate, it’s like the blind following (or is it leading?) the blind.

    Segner is probably number one (or at least in the top five) that constantly, over and over, repeats how things are done elsewhere. Scottsdale, Chandler, Cottonwood – and in the past San Diego, Santa Barbara, blah, blah, blah ad infinitum.

    The pot calling the kettle black so it seems.

  6. Susan P says:

    Welcome Chief David McGill.

    @Been There Nutty is right!!!!! Only city I’ve lived where da crazy know it alls that live outside the city limits dictate and tell the residents and cc what to do. Having the city pay for his ads…..like SS

  7. steve Segner says:

    Perhaps, he like a lot of us from California wanted a change, could it be that he had his time( in) and can retire and start over on a new police force? Or perhaps he just wanted to be chief of police in a small town…..

    You know it is hard too get police personal in Sedona with it’s high cost of living, coming from Newport beach Ca, it may make it easier to afford Sedona., he also come from huge tourist town, how lucky can we get.
    Remember the glass is half full…..

  8. John Daniels says:

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to the search committee for picking someone outside the department. Oh wait, they did that for the last chief and all he did was chase away some really good cops. I can only hope that Chief McGill is better then the last mistake.

  9. Pat Budnick says:

    Good luck to you, sir. Sedona is a beautiful town of nice folks.

  10. David McGill says:

    Greetings, everyone (including Eagle Eye, Mr. Stegner, Been There, Donna, Susan, John, and Pat!). I appreciate your kind welcome, even the so-so ones. I look forward to meeting each of you in the months ahead, to discuss this great City, the Police Department, and what makes me tick. My wife and I are excited to be here, and I can’t wait to get to work. I’ll make a deal with each of you: Let me get started and give me a chance to see how the PD does under my command; You can then decide if I meet your high expectations; I have them as well. I will arrive in January, so call the Chief’s office and get on my calendar if you want to some personal time to chat. You will find I am very responsive and accessible. Until we meet, take care and be happy! See you soon.

  11. Eddie Maddock says:

    Welcome to Sedona, Mr. David McGill. You have already displayed your courage by stepping into this forum of the unknown – perhaps better described as a den of lions. Posting a comment on Sedona Eye, and using your REAL name makes a huge statement. For that alone may I congratulate you, thank you, and long may you, as the latest and bravest Sedona Chief of Police, enjoy a happy, healthy, and productive adventure in this Land of Awes.

    Eddie Maddock

  12. sharlett says:

    @steve segner
    Please stretch yourself to make the huge attempt of making sense!!!

    Seems the biggest problem in Sedona is all the people – like Segner – who want to re-create or transform this town into their image of where they left!

    Segner is Another one who just drools at the mouth in parading California as the best example of the best place to live – – – – while he ran from Calif !!! Now “He knows best on everything” is our very own (how did we get so lucky) vice mayor – Mr John Martinez – or as he is know behind the scenes with the locals – “mr. califedona” .

    My take of why so many people come to AZ is because they are seeking a much lower tax rate, less governmental infringements and strangling regulations…and while they do have some money to spend – well that doesn’t mean they have the best interest of our small town at heart…….what they have at heart is the sound of money!!!

  13. Sheri says:

    I offer a hearty welcome to our new Police Chief!

    This is an interesting place to live and a one of a kind. Have wide eyes and a hearty level of stamina and you will do just fine.

    Take your time and please just take care of us and make us safer.

    Sheri Graham

  14. @Eddie says:

    ” perhaps better described as a den of lions. ”

    More like Welcome, you get to read up on some of the deranged mental people who live in this little community before you even start your new job!

    I Bet he cant wait to meet Sharlett, I mean you know what they say, about first impressions…..

    Good luck chief, your going to need it!

  15. Jerry, Sedona City Limits says:

    Agreeing with those extending a warm welcome to Chief David McGill, it still is baffling when people like Steve Segner speak from both sides of their mouths. He writes of people from California moving to Sedona because they wanted a change to a small town, and yet over and over he suggests and supports changes to Sedona that create the exact opposite. He compares us to Chandler, Scottsdale, and all the time California big cities. Forked tongue, Mr. Segner. Isn’t that also a snake like characteristic?

  16. GNS, Sedona says:

    Well it’s very possible the comment from Chief McGill will be his last on Sedona Eye. Maybe after he officially begins his job he will be informed of the code of silence with city staff and city council which to date the standard commitment from any of them is that they “don’t read Sedona Eye.” That’s a shame. They might learn something.

    Welcome to The Hornet’s Nest, Chief. You see, we are all still entitled to our pet names but who knows how much longer that will last? Keep smiling.

  17. Mark, Sedona says:

    Chief-Welcome from our home to yours. We anticipate a long and happy time in our great city for you.

    BTW Chief & GNS- EVERYBODY reads the Sedonatimes.com & proof’s on the street & at city hall & at Chamber gatherings comments. Our businesses are depending on its caped crusaders. You’ll likely have to Protect IT !!

  18. Time to move on says:

    A civic duty is an action or responsibility expected of every member of a society. Generally accepted examples include obeying laws, serving on juries, paying taxes to the government, voting in elections and doing volunteer work. Many believe these civic duties are the basic tenets of citizenship.

    Thank you for being involved and speaking up. Welcome Chief.

  19. Mel Linder says:

    Good to have you coming to fill the Sedona job, we didn’t know it was vacant. Most people are welcoming and treat us snowbirds well and there’s no crime that we know of but we’re not naive of course to think it’s utopia. This website keeps us informed while we travel. We love coming back every time we can make it. Enjoy a fine day. Mel.Linder.

  20. amy says:

    welcome to the red rocks! i just think it says so much that you posted here~

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