Police Chief Jeri Williams
Jeri L. Williams was appointed Police Chief of the Phoenix Police Department in October 2016. She leads the largest police agency in the State of Arizona, which is responsible for providing law enforcement services to the fifth most populous city in the country. Chief Williams oversees a staff of nearly 4,000 employees and manages an annual operating budget that exceeds $700 million.
Chief Williams is a 32-year law enforcement veteran and accomplished police executive. Under her leadership, the Phoenix Police Department is advancing a number of progressive strategies essential in contemporary law enforcement. Previously, she served nearly six years as Police Chief in the City of Oxnard, California where she advanced policecommunity relationships and oversaw the implementation of police body-worn cameras.
Chief Williams is a native Phoenician. She began her career in law enforcement with the Phoenix Police Department and retired as an Assistant Chief after 22 years of service.
Chief Williams is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Police Executive Research Forum and the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police.
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, she was recognized as California Assembly District 44 Woman of the Year for her leadership and outstanding accomplishments as Chief of the Oxnard Police Department. Later that year, President Obama appointed her to a membership position on the Medal of Valor Review Board. In 2020, Chief Williams was named to the United States Conference of Mayors Police Reform and Racial Justice Working Group, and in 2021, she was appointed to the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.
Chief Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Arizona State University and a master's degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.
Executive Assistant Chief Michael Kurtenbach
Executive Assistant Chief Michael Kurtenbach is a Phoenix native who has proudly served with the Phoenix Police Department for 30 years. Throughout his career, he has been a strong proponent of Community Based Policing and has remained steadfast in his commitment to problem solving and partnership-building with the citizens of Phoenix.
In 2011 he was promoted to Commander, serving in various capacities to include overseeing the Training Bureau, Community Relations Bureau, and the Maryvale – Estrella Mountain Precinct. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2015 and was tasked with heading the Department's Community Services Division. This Division was responsible for the development and implementation of effective community engagement and outreach programs, recruitment and hiring of both sworn and civilian staff, basic training for new recruits and advanced training for existing personnel, and all public information and social media for the Department. He was promoted to Executive Assistant Chief in November 2016 and is now responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of a Department comprised of over 4,100 sworn and civilian members.
Assistant Chief Kurtenbach earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Master of Education in Human Relations, both from Northern Arizona University. He has also been the recipient of numerous department commendations and awards, to include the Medal of Valor, Distinguished Service Award, Community Based Policing Award, and Supervisor of the Year. In June 2017, Assistant Chief Kurtenbach was inducted into the George Mason University Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame.
Assistant Chief Sean Patrick Connolly
Assistant Chief Sean Patrick Connolly is an Arizona native who is a 26-year veteran with the Phoenix Police Department. During his career, he has had the privilege of policing some of the most diverse communities in this major city. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to community-driven, problem-oriented, intelligence-led policing. As an Assistant Chief he leads the Community Relations Bureau, the Employment Services Bureau, the Training Bureau, the Communications Bureau, the Property Management Bureau, the Information Technology Bureau and the Strategic Information Bureau.
He has served at multiple ranks in the South Mountain, Maryvale-Estrella Mountain, Mountain View and Cactus Park Precincts. He has led the department’s Gang Enforcement Unit, Walking Beat Unit and Precinct Resources Teams. He has served as the Commander of the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct, the Violent Crime Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Bureau and the City Manager’s Office. He has also served as the department's Night Watch Commander.
Assistant Chief Connolly earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arizona and his Master of Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He has been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards to include four Police Chief Unit Awards, Distinguished Service Award, Community Based Policing Award, and Supervisor of the Year.
Assistant Chief Steve Martos
Assistant Chief Steve Martos is a 25-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. During his career, he has worked at the Mountain View, the Desert Horizon and the Cactus Park Precincts. As an officer, he served in patrol, field training and neighborhood enforcement team assignments. In 2006, Steve was promoted to sergeant. In this capacity, he led patrol and field training officer squads, as well as investigative squads in the Night Detective and Crimes Against Children Units. Steve also served as a Public Information Officer for the Department.
In 2014, Steve was promoted to lieutenant and held assignments in patrol and in the Professional Standards Bureau. In 2018, Steve was promoted to commander and was assigned to oversee the Desert Horizon Precinct. The following year he was selected to serve as the Police Department's liaison to the City Manager's Office.
In 2020, Steve was promoted to Assistant Chief. He currently heads the Professional Standards Division, where he has oversight of the Professional Standards Bureau, the Public Affairs Bureau and City Manager's Liaison. Steve holds a bachelor's degree in Police Administration from Ottawa University. He also holds a Master's degree in Management from the University of Phoenix. Steve is also a graduate of Northwestern University's Center for Public Service, School of Police Staff and Command. Assistant Chief Martos is committed to the pursuit of excellence and community based policing concepts.
Assistant Chief Anthony Vasquez
Assistant Chief Anthony Vasquez is a Phoenix native and 32-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. During his career, he has worked operational, tactical, investigative and training assignments throughout the department.
He started his career in the Mountain View Precinct and later worked in the Training Bureau. In 1996, Assistant Chief Vasquez was promoted to sergeant and worked in the South Mountain Precinct. He later held assignments in the Organized Crime Bureau’s Vice Enforcement Unit and Gang Enforcement Unit. In 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant and worked in the Central City Precinct, Violent Crimes Bureau Robbery Unit, Tactical Support Bureau Canine and Specialty Vehicle Detail, Estrella Mountain Precinct and Major Offender Unit.
In 2014, Assistant Chief Vasquez was promoted to Commander and was assigned to the Tactical Support Bureau, Mountain View Precinct, Training Bureau, Drug Enforcement Bureau and the Night Duty Commander position.
In 2021, he was promoted to Assistant Chief and currently leads the Investigations Division. Assistant Chief Vasquez has a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Canyon University and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards to include the Police Chief Unit Award, City Excellence Award, Medal of Merit and Medal of Lifesaving.
Assistant Chief Sean Kennedy
Assistant Chief Sean Kennedy is an Arizona native who is a 25-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. During his career, he has held assignments in the South Mountain Precinct, Maryvale Precinct, Cactus Park Precinct, Desert Horizon Precinct, the Tactical Support Bureau, and the Violent Crimes Bureau. In these assignments he held positions in Field Training, Investigations, Precinct Resource Teams involved in problem-oriented crime reduction strategies, and in tactical operations.
In 2017, he was promoted to Commander and served over the Violent Crimes Bureau and Tactical Support Bureau. He has been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards to include the Police Chief’s Unit Award, Distinguished Service Award, Community Based Policing Award, and Crime Suppression Award.
Assistant Chief Kennedy earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Arizona and his Master of Organizational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Criminal Justice Administration from Northern Arizona University.
Assistant Director Jesse W. Cooper
Assistant Director Jesse W. Cooper is an Arizona native who joined the Phoenix Police Department in April 1995. He began his career as a Police Communications Operator performing as an emergency 9-1-1 call taker and radio dispatcher. In 1998, he was promoted to Police Communications Supervisor and served in the Communications Bureau in various supervisory and management positions. In 2015, he was promoted to Police Administrator overseeing the operations of the Communications Bureau and in 2018 he was assigned to the Strategic Information Bureau. As an Assistant Director he leads the Technical and Support Services Division.
Assistant Director Cooper is a nationally recognized leader in policing technology. He has been a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Metropolitan Area Working Group, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) Technology Committee, Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), National Emergency Number Association (NENA), and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) with an emphasis on advancing public safety technology for first responders. He is credentialed as an all-hazards Communications Unit Leader and instructor specializing in large-scale incident management response and interoperable public safety communications.
Assistant Director Cooper earned his Master of Administration degree with an emphasis in Public Management from Northern Arizona University and his Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is also a Certified Public Manager and a graduate of the AZPOST Arizona Leadership Program (#6). He has been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards to include two Phoenix Police Department Distinguished Service Awards, Phoenix Fire Department Unit Citation Award, and the City of Phoenix Employee Excellence Award.