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Sedona welcomes Charles Husted as new Police Chief

Former Sacramento California Police Commander Charles Husted joins Sedona Police Department as Chief on April 22, 2019.

Sedona AZ – Sedona’s newest police chief, Charles Husted, is on duty. He assumed the position of Police Chief David McGill who held the position from January 2017 until announcing his departure in 2018.

Husted brings thirty years of law enforcement experience to Sedona, with an emphasis on community policing, collaborative problem solving and partnerships.

“I learned early in my career that truly effective policing and sustainable outcomes don’t happen without community trust,” Husted explained. “Innovation comes from creating an environment where others are welcomed and feel safe to participate.”

Most recently, Husted served as division commander with the Sacramento Police Department in California. He led 92 employees and oversaw law enforcement services for a 20-square-mile section of the city. His experience includes; critical incident response, investigations, management of neighborhood policing, school resource officers and internal affairs, crime analysis, policy development and administration of a $12 million budget.

Husted began work April 22. His first order of business will be getting to know the staff and community.

“My approach is to begin building both internal and external relationships, and working to understand the safety and quality of life needs of the community,” he says. “My guiding priorities include leading by example, having a service-oriented and problem-solving mindset, taking initiative, promoting teamwork, and fostering community-based relationships.”

Sedona Police Department is located on Roadrunner Drive in west Sedona.

City Manager Justin Clifton says Husted was the unanimous choice of all the panelists participating in a multi-stage application and hiring process for police chief, saying, “We were focused on finding someone with superior communication skills as well as experience applying current and best practices in policing strategies and technologies. We’re happy to have found that in Chief Husted.”

Husted says he decided to relocate to north-central Arizona long before Sedona’s search for a new police chief began.

“My wife and I fell in love with the region in 2017,” he explained. “The people, beautiful environmental and small community atmosphere are so appealing. Becoming the police chief of Sedona at this point in my public career and life is simply amazing.”

The Sedona Police Department serves a population of approximately 10,000 residents and more than 3 million visitors over a service area of approximately 19 square miles.

For more information about the hiring process for Police Chief or other employment opportunities, call the city of Sedona Human Resources Department at 928-203-5189.

Sedona City Hall is open for business Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and closed on Fridays. The Wastewater system maintenance remain on a Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. schedule. Police and maintenance services are not impacted.

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  2. Shanna Wayne says:

    We hope this lucky man and family will appreciate that life in Sedona is quite different than California and all the better for that change and that they will dedicate themselves to becoming an integral part of our community. May your new home be blessed with happiness. Protect our small town and preserve its character of law abiding citizens without turning a blind eye to those that are lawbreakers.

  3. Murder Capital of the World says:

    Would you go to a place with the second highest homicide rate in the world with bodies floating up to its beaches? There’s very little media coverage. Why is that?


  4. Frank in the Middle says:

    Let me assume everyone read the post about the new Police Chief. Let me assume everyone read what the city said about the former Police Chief in the same post. Let me assume that everyone agrees that it made an ass of the city groups feeling they all had a say in hiring the past Police Chief and now this one. Chief H, this isn’t about you being anything but great, it seems you’re more than qualified. I’m going to begin taking bets to see if you last longer than the past few guys did because there’s something about that little old Sedona’s army that had to approve you before you could come to town. Best wishes, Sir. The rest of us are wanting a solid police officer and force who remembers the majority of us are moral and kinder and older in the Andy Griffith of Mayberry mold as opposed to the tiny city army that forgets we’re not San Francisco sanctuarians. (I know it’s not a word, accept it.) From the middle of Sedona let me be Frank.


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