Biographies

Phoenix Police Department Executive Staff

Police Chief Jeri Williams

Police Chief Jeri Williams

Jeri L. Williams was appointed Police Chief of the Phoenix Police Department on October 28, 2016. She oversees the largest police department in the State of Arizona, which is responsible for providing law enforcement services to the sixth largest city in the country. Chief Williams oversees a staff of nearly 2,900 police officers and 900 civilian employees and she manages an annual operating budget that exceeds $600 million dollars.

From 2011 to 2016, Chief Williams served as the Police Chief for the city of Oxnard, California. In Oxnard, she managed with a focus on community based policing, oversaw the implementation of police body cameras, coordinated training on use of force, legal issues, and technology topics for more than 300 California law enforcement agencies and guided the department during several high-profile events including large-scale community protests.

Before her appointment in California, Chief Williams served 22 years with the Phoenix Police Department. She worked in nearly all divisions of the agency and rose quickly through the ranks. She retired as an Assistant Police Chief where she managed approximately 1,000 employees in various details to include the Air Support Unit, the Community Relations Bureau, four patrol precincts, the Academy, and the Special Assignments Unit (SWAT).

Chief Williams is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP).

During Arizona's Centennial year, Chief Williams was honored as one of Arizona's 48 Most Intriguing Women by the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, in partnership with the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona Community Foundation for her leadership in the law enforcement profession. In 2016, Chief Williams was recognized as California Assembly District 44 Woman of the Year for her leadership and outstanding accomplishments as Chief of the Oxnard Police Department and in late 2016, President Obama appointed Chief Williams to a membership position on the Medal of Valor Review Board.

Chief Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Arizona State University and a Master's degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.

​Executive Assistant Chief Michael Kurtenbach

Michael Kurtenbach is a Phoenix native who has proudly served with the Phoenix Police Department for nearly 25 years.  Throughout his career, he has been a strong proponent of Community Based Policing and has remained steadfast in his commitment to partnership-building with the citizens of Phoenix, while holding multiple positions and ranks throughout the organization.

Mike was promoted to Commander in October 2011, serving in various capacities to include overseeing the Training Bureau, Community Relations Bureau, Estrella Mountain Precinct, and the Maryvale Precinct.  Mike was promoted to Assistant Chief in March 2015 and was tasked with heading the Department's newly formed Community Services Division.  This new Division includes the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy and the following bureaus: Community Relations, Personnel and Employee Development, Training, and Public Affairs.  Mike also oversees the Department's body-worn camera program.

Mike earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northern Arizona University.  Mike has also been the recipient of numerous department awards and commendations, to include the Medal of Valor, Distinguished Service Award, Community Based Policing Award, Police Chief's Unit Award, and Supervisor of the Year Award.   

​Assistant Chief Harry Markley 

Assistant Chief Harry MarkleyHarry Markley is a 27.5 year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. As a Commander he has worked a variety of assignments which have included the Advanced and Basic Training Bureau at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy, Central City and Desert Horizon Precincts, City Manager Liaison to Phoenix City Hall, the Crime Lab Bureau and the Family Investigations Bureau. Prior to being promoted to Commander he held numerous assignments including the Special Assignments Unit (SWAT) Unit Commander, Community Based Policing Lieutenant, Basic Training Sergeant, Undercover Narcotics Detective and Advanced Training Non-Lethal Force Supervisor.

Assistant Chief Markley was raised in Phoenix, and attended Whittier Grade and Washington High Schools. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Hawaii Loa College, a Master's in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and graduated from the International Association Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO).

​Assistant Chief Sandra Renteria

Assistant Chief Sandra Renteria Sandra Renteria is a second generation native of Phoenix. She has been a law enforcement officer for over 26 years with the past 21 years serving for the Phoenix Police Department. Assistant Chief Renteria began her law enforcement career working for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff, lateraled to the Chandler Police Department and ultimately the Phoenix Police Department. She has worked in the South Mountain, Squaw Peak, Cactus Park, Maryvale, and Desert Horizon Precincts, the Drug Enforcement, Tactical Support, and Family Investigations Bureaus. Sandra has received commendations including a Medal of Lifesaving, Distinguished Service Award and the 2007 Employee Excellence Award.

Assistant Chief Renteria strives to continue to break barriers for females in a male dominated Law Enforcement field. She was the first Hispanic female hired as a Deputy Sheriff for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and became the first Hispanic female to be promoted to Sergeant for the Phoenix Police Department in 1997. She was also the first Hispanic female to be promoted to Lieutenant in 2003 and the first Hispanic female to be promoted to the rank of Commander in 2007.

Assistant Chief Renteria received her Bachelor Degree in Management and her Master's Degree in Leadership with emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Management both from Grand Canyon University. She is a graduate of the Hispanic Leadership Institute, the International Association Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO), Valley Leadership Institute Class 28, and the FBI National Academy.

​Assistant Chief Mary Roberts

Mary Roberts is a 29-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department.  She worked patrol in Maryvale, South Mountain, Central City and Estrella Mountain Precincts which included positions with Neighborhood Enforcement Team and Field Training Officer.  Mary worked detective assignments in Organized Crime Bureau, VICE, Assault Detail, Sex Crimes, and Crimes Against Children.  After promotion, she supervised Patrol, Missing Persons, Vulnerable Adult Crimes, Police Employment Services Bureau and the Crimes Against Children Unit.  Mary was Commander of the Family Investigations Bureau and served as co-chairman of Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.  She was Commander at Central City Precinct and recently served as the City Manager Liaison at City Hall. 

Mary has her Bachelor of Arts in Police Science and Law Enforcement Administration from Ottawa University and she is a graduate of the Arizona Leadership Program and City of Phoenix Management Academy.  Some notable achievements include the development of: Vulnerable Adult Crimes Squad, Cold Case Missing Person Position and Amber Alert training response for law enforcement.  Mary is a recognized Subject Matter Expert for investigations focusing on family violence.  She has earned numerous commendations, certificates of recognition, 2003 Employee Excellence Award for development of Amber Alert law enforcement response, the 2004 Caring Spirit Award for accomplishments with the Vulnerable Adult Crimes Squad, and the 2004 Kiwanis Club Officer Appreciation Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Citizens of Phoenix.

​Assistant Chief Timothy J. Martin

T.J. Martin is a 33-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. As a Commander he worked a variety of assignments which included Homeland Defense Bureau, Cactus Park Precinct, Community Relations Bureau, Tactical Support Bureau, Major Events (Super Bowl XLIX), City Manager Officer Liaison, and the Drug Enforcement Bureau.  Prior to being promoted to Commander, T.J. held numerous assignments including Mountain View Precinct, Maryvale Precinct, Community and Patrol Services Bureau, Gang Enforcement, Patrol Administration, Field Training, Inspections, and the Police Chief’s Office.


T.J. serves on the Board of Directors of Community Bridges.  He also serves as a Commissioner on the Arizona Career and Technology Education Skills Committee. T.J. has received numerous commendations and awards including a Medal of Merit in 2004 and the Distinguished Service Award for the 2015 Superbowl. He also received the Nobility of Policing Award in 2015.


T.J. has a Bachelor of Arts in Police Science and Administration from Northern Arizona University and is a Certified Public Manager. 

​Assistant Chief James L. Burgett

Assistant Chief Scott Finical

James Burgett is a 29-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department.  As an officer, he worked patrol in the Maryvale Precinct and as an undercover narcotics detective in the Drug Enforcement Bureau.  After his promotion, he supervised in Patrol-Neighborhood Enforcement Teams in both the Maryvale and Mountain View Precincts, Drug Enforcement Bureau, Training Bureau, Robbery and Homicide Units.  James was promoted to Commander and recently served as the City Manager Liaison at City Hall.  
James has his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Ottawa University and is a graduate of the Arizona Leadership Program and City of Phoenix Management Academy.   He has earned numerous commendations, received Officer of the Month recognition, and Outstanding Supervisor Award.  


​Reserve Assistant Chief Scott Finical 

Assistant Chief Scott FinicalAssistant Chief Scott Finical joined the Phoenix Police Department in January, 1984. He initially worked as a patrol officer in the Maryvale and Squaw Peak Precincts. He then earned his detective certification, and was assigned to the Violent Crimes Bureau where he worked as a Night Detective. He was promoted to Sergeant and then Lieutenant, and he continued his assignments with the Violent Crimes Bureau. Following the attacks of September 11th, he was temporarily assigned to the airport. He was subsequently promoted to Commander. In February 2006, he was promoted to Assistant Chief, and he now directs and oversees the operations of the Reserve Division. Assistant Chief Finical has received numerous commendations and awards for his service, including the Luke-Greenway Award for Officer of the Year, the Distinguished Service Award and the Police Chief's Award.

He received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1983, after graduating from law school at the University of Arizona. During law school and while previously earning his Bachelor of Arts degree, he served as a reserve police officer with the Tucson Police Department for 4 years. He is a senior partner with the law firm of Fennemore Craig, where he maintains a civil litigation law practice. He is admitted to practice law in both Arizona and California, and the federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.