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1/30/2013 9:59:00 PM
Prescott appoints Monahan as new Chief of Police
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - By mid-March, the City of Prescott expects to have a new police chief on board.

The city announced late Wednesday afternoon that current Apache Junction Police Chief Jerald Monahan had accepted the Prescott Police Chief job.

Monahan, a 31-year veteran of Arizona law enforcement, will replace former Prescott Police Chief Mike Kabbel, who retired at the end of 2012.

Prescott City Manager Craig McConnell, who made the appointment, referred to Monahan as a "knowledgeable, highly experienced, and talented public safety professional."

McConnell added that Monahan - the recently inducted president of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police - would be "particularly valuable not only as a community leader with a strong command presence, but also as a mentor to those at all levels of his department."

Monahan began his law enforcement career in 1979 with the Casa Grande Police Department, and in 2002 took on a commander's role with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

From 2005 to 2008, Monahan worked as chief deputy for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, where he was responsible for operations of the department, which consisted of more than 600 employees and more than 100 volunteers.

Since 2008, Monahan has served as the police chief in Apache Junction, a Phoenix-area community of about 36,000 people.

Monahan's résumé notes that the Apache Junction Police Department consists of about 100 employees and has a budget of $9.7 million.

In all, Monahan has 15 years of command-level experience, at the rank of lieutenant, captain, chief deputy and chief of police.

The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police website, which lists Monahan as its first vice president, states: "At all three agencies (Casa Grande, Pinal County, and Apache Junction), Jerald was active in addressing issues surrounding violence against women. He served on the Safe Home Network, and was a member of the Board of Directors for Against Abuse Inc."

The website adds that Monahan also served with the Pinal County Domestic Violate Coalition since 1996, and was instrumental in getting the Pinal County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team started in 2006, serving as one of the first co-chairs.

Monahan has a master's degree from Grand Canyon University, with an emphasis in disaster preparedness and crisis management. He also has a bachelor's degree in public safety administration.

The City of Prescott chose Monahan from a field of about 30 applicants. In mid-January, the city announced that it had narrowed the applicants down to two finalists: Monahan, and Dino Sgambellone, police chief in Mansfield, Ohio. Interviews with a local panel took place on Monday.

Monahan was unavailable for comment Wednesday afternoon.

The city news release stated that the city's offer to Monahan is contingent upon successful completion of background checks and clearances that are necessary in hiring a public safety official.

The release added that Monahan's current job requires a 30-day notice, and that the new chief "is anticipated to start the job in mid-March at the latest."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2013
Article comment by: TO: Bad Cop, Bad Bad Cop!!!

Wouldn't it just be easier if you didn't commit crimes in the first place?? Then you wouldn't have to worry so much about what you said to the police.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Welcome Chief

As long as your officers keep giving me more warning than tickets you are all right by me!

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Bad Cop, Bad Bad Cop!!!

How can you tell a Bad Cop from a Good one??? You can't. So with all the Bad Cops out their, Trust NONE!!! Just remember what ALL DEFENSE ATTORNEY'S TELL YOU, DON"T TALK TO THE POLICE-KEEP YOUR SHUT!!!! ADMITT TO NOTHING!!!

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Jim Little

What's the point of how police in a democracy should be trained? We'll shortly be living in the Kingdom of O.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Dick Marley

Welcome aboard Chief, you can be proud of the Prescott Police Dept. Pay no attention to a few idiots that are making judgement calls before you even get to occupy your office.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Just Passing Through

I may be wrong...but perhaps in his 31 years of service as an veteran pf Arizona law enforcement he has quite possibly had some field training. Seems there was a previous article that did give a bit of intel on his work related experience.
Just a thought...

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: @ Dirty Cops

There are very few police officers involved in the "Iron Brotherhood." No one condones the actions of those that are, but judging all police officers on the actions of few shows a serious lack of perspective.

@David Couper

How are those changes that need to be made? Let's start with 1-
Well trained - Police are well trained. All of them agree that more money should be put toward training, but you can blame the city council for that, not the police department.
Controlled in their use of force- Any time there is a use of force incident, the police have to fill out a specific document related to it, and it will come under immense scrutiny not only by those above the officer, but often times the person who the force was used against and their attorneys. There's a reason it's headline news when the police use force in unnecessary ways: Because it's not common at all.
Honest- I suggest you read the Arizona POST Integrity bulletins. Police officers get fired even for the most minor of lies. Once again, there's a reason why cover-ups are headline news, because they are not common at all.
Courteous- Very few police officers are rude. Certainly there is the one that just saw someone die because of a speeder who is going to be rude to the next speeder he pulls over, but that is just human nature.
Closely connected- Can you provide evidence they're not? Prescott Police Department has a relatively large community service department for the size of the department as a whole, and all of the individual officers work within the community.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: tell it like it is

does he ride a harley?

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: joe peep

Does he have any field experience? How can a Chief be effective with only book learning?

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: dirty cops

Not another Iorn brotherhood cop/criminal.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: David Couper

Ever wonder what should be required of your police? And your chief of police? Ever wonder why policing seems to be so slow to improve? Follow the blog of a veteran police chief at and read his new book about what needs to be done and the seven necessary steps. Police in a democracy need to be well-trained, controlled in their use of force, honest, courteous to everyone, and closely connected to the communities they serve.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: K McLaughlin

Welcome aboard Chief Monahan. You will be taking over the lead of a fine department. Your talents will serve us well.

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