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

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Executive Assistant Chief Michael Kurtenbach is a Phoenix native who has proudly served with the Phoenix Police Department for 28 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, Estrella Mountain Precinct, and the Maryvale 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 4,000 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, Police Chief’s Unit 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 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

portraitMary 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 Gabe Lopez

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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 portraitJohn 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

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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.


 

​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.