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Phoenix City Manager Names Joe Yahner as New Police ChiefPhoenix City Manager Names Joe Yahner as New Police Chief<div class="ExternalClass1AD79C891B9C4B5A80FA3B470C92BB4A"><p> <img alt="Police Chief Joe Yahner" src="/Media%20Assets/yahner-grey-background-for-web.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:250px;float:left;" />City Manager Ed Zuercher has appointed Acting Chief Joe Yahner as the permanent police chief.  Yahner has been the acting chief since December of 2014 and served as the acting chief several years ago.</p><p>Upon hearing the city manager’s decision, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said, “Chief Yahner is an outstanding law enforcement professional who has done a tremendous job as interim police chief," "I could not be more pleased that he has been appointed to the job permanently," he said.</p><p>Yahner began with the department 30 years ago and worked his way up until he was promoted to commander in 1999. He was assigned to the City Manager's office, the traffic bureau, property crimes bureau and the Maryvale precinct. In 2007, he was promoted to Assistant Chief and assigned to the Homeland Security Division where he oversaw the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game and opening of the Light Rail. In 2009 he was promoted to Executive Assistant Chief and served as the Acting Police Chief from March 2011 through May 2012.  </p><p>During that time he revamped the Family Investigation Bureau, creating new protocols and obtaining greatly needed resources to address child crimes.</p><p>“Chief Yahner has a proven track record in the Team Phoenix approach for which the City is known – working with residents, community organizations and city departments – to find solutions and solve problems together,” said Councilman Michael Nowakowski, chair of the Phoenix City Council Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee.  <br>Zuercher applauds Yahner’s success in leading the Phoenix Police department through the Super Bowl, working closely with Phoenix Fire and Emergency Management as well as nearly every department in the city.</p><p>“This is one of the best police departments in the nation, made up of men and women who are committed to keeping our city safe. I take great pride in being a part of the Phoenix Police department and am honored to lead this hard-working team,” said Yahner this morning upon officially accepting the role as permanent chief.</p><p>Yahner was born and raised in Phoenix and received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and his Master's degree from the University of Phoenix.</p></div>2/11/2015 6:00:00 PMDeborah Ostreicher602-499-2843 (Text)