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Statement from Councilman Michael Nowakowski On Swearing-In of Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, Retirement of Joseph YahnerStatement from Councilman Michael Nowakowski On Swearing-In of Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, Retirement of Joseph Yahner<div class="ExternalClassB20A05012B274CF0ABB9B09C87092F89"><p>​“As Chairman of the City Council’s Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee, I want to give a warm welcome to our new Police Chief, Jeri Williams. Her return to the city means that for the first time in Phoenix history we're getting back our 22-year investment in developing a public safety leader. I believe we will become the best police department in the country under Chief Williams, and I’m excited about our future with her leading our dedicated officers.<br> <br> I also want to thank Chief Joseph Yahner for his strong, dedicated leadership of the department. Chief Yahner’s long, successful record of service – 30 years -- in Phoenix P.D. shows his commitment to our city and to public safety. He was in a leadership role when our police force was ushering in an unprecedented reduction of crime to levels we haven’t seen in a generation – despite being down officers. Chief Yahner, we wish you a happy retirement, we thank you for your leadership through hard times, and we thank you for your commitment to our officers and residents. <br> <br> The city of Phoenix became a national model for our open and public process to recruit our new chief, with the community having ample chances to tell us their priorities and pose questions to candidates for this important job. Our Team Phoenix approach to hiring Chief Williams will give her a real community mandate to lead our dedicated police force and work with our residents as true partners in keeping our neighborhoods safe.”​</p></div>10/29/2016 12:00:00 AMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405