Tempe Chief to head state’s top policing agency, recognized (again) for achieving a distinguished career in law enforcement.
Tempe Police Chief Jeff Glover will resign from his city role and become Arizona Department of Public Safety Director under the new administration of Gov. Katie Hobbs.
His last day as chief will be Feb. 13.
City Manager Andrew Ching has said he will appoint an interim chief as soon as possible in the coming days.
Glover, who is Tempe’s first African American police chief, retired as a commander with the department in early 2020 and was appointed chief on an interim basis in late 2020. He took the job permanently in 2021.
Glover has served on the Arizona Commission for African American Affairs and was recently elected second vice president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
“Chief Glover has served Tempe for more than 22 years, including as chief for two exceptional years.
“He has charted a distinguished career in law enforcement that now will continue at the state level. On behalf of the city organization, we wish him well and thank him for his stellar service to Tempe.”
Mayor Corey Woods heralded Glover as a consummate professional.
“Chief Glover has served Tempe with honor and distinction over more than two decades, working his way through the ranks from patrol officer to sergeant to lieutenant to commander to chief. It is no surprise that someone of such character and skill would be invited to serve at the highest levels of law enforcement,” Woods said.
“As mayor, as a Tempe resident and, frankly, as a friend, I want to express my sincere appreciation and best wishes to the chief.”
After appointing an interim chief, Ching said he intends to move quickly to appoint a new permanent chief.
“Public safety in Tempe is of primary importance,” said Ching. We will ensure the continuity of our excellent police services while expeditiously and thoughtfully selecting a new Chief to working alongside the community and lead the department into the future,” Ching said.