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 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 tops $700 million.

Chief Williams is a 31-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 police-community 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 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, and 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.

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

PortraitExecutive 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 Gabe Lopez

Assistant Chief Gabe Lopez is a native of Phoenix and a 23-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. As an officer, he proudly served in the Maryvale Precinct where he was awarded numerous commendations, two Medals of Lifesaving and a Medal of Valor.  After his promotion to sergeant, he served in the Cactus Park Precinct and the Central City Precinct.  In addition, he held supervisory assignments in the Violent Crimes Bureau and the Professional Standards Bureau. 

Gabe was promoted to lieutenant in 2013, and served in the Desert Horizon Precinct and the Estrella Mountain Precinct.  During his time as a lieutenant, he held assignments in the Family Investigations Bureau, overseeing the Domestic Violence and Missing/Unidentified Persons Unit and the Professional Standards Bureau.  As a newly promoted Commander, Gabe was assigned to the Desert Horizon Precinct and recently served as the City Manager Liaison at City Hall.

​Gabe was raised in West Phoenix and attended Tolleson Union High School.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Education degree in Leadership from Northern Arizona University.  Gabe is also a graduate of the Arizona Leadership Program and the FBI National Academy.





Assistant Chief John Collins

John Collins portrait

John Collins is a 28-year veteran with the Phoenix Police Department. During his career he has served in Central City Precinct, Desert Horizon Precinct, Squaw Peak Precinct, and the South Mountain Precinct. Prior to being promoted to Assistant Chief, he was also assigned to numerous assignments outside of Patrol to include, Police Academy-DT Instructor, Tactical Support Bureau, Drug Enforcement Bureau, Violent Crimes Bureau, Family Investigations Bureau, and two tours at the Professional Standards Bureau.  

Assistant Chief Collins was raised in Phoenix and attended Horizon High School.  He holds degrees from Phoenix College (AA), San Jose State University (BS), Northern Arizona University (M.Ed.) and has completed the Arizona Post Leadership Program (Class #7).      








​Assistant Chief Sean Patrick Connolly

Louie Tovar portrait​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 Lawrence Hein​

Louie Tovar portrait​Assistant Chief Lawrence Hein is a 26-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department.  During his career, he has worked at the Desert Horizon, Maryvale/Estrella Mountain, Central City and Black Mountain Precincts.  As an officer, he served in patrol, field training and neighborhood enforcement team assignments.  As a detective he served in the Night Gang Enforcement Unit.  Lawrence was promoted to sergeant in 1999 and lieutenant in 2003.  As a supervisor he has held assignments in Patrol, Patrol Administration, the Special Projects Unit, the Major Offender Bureau and the Homeland Defense Bureau.  

In 2016, Lawrence was promoted to commander. He served as the Department’s Night Watch Commander before being assigned to oversee the Department’s Airport Bureau. In 2020, Lawrence was promoted to assistant chief. He is currently responsible for the Strategic and Tactical Services Division, which consists of the Tactical Support, Homeland Defens​e, Airport and Traffic Bureaus.

Assistant Chief Hein holds an Associate degree in Law Enforcement, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctoral degree in Education.​







Assistant Chief Steve Martos 

Louie Tovar portrait​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 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 wa​s 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.​

Reserve Assistant Chie​f 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.