After a nationwide search, the City of Tucson has selected four finalists to interview for the position of police chief. City Manager Michael Ortega will make the final appointment, which would need approval from the Mayor and Tucson City Council.
The City contracted with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to conduct the search and help with the three-part hiring process. PERF screened the initial applications and provided Ortega with 60 credible applicants. A competitive interview process was used to select the finalists from the recommended applicant pool. The finalists are Malik Aziz, Larry Esquivel, Rick Gregory, and Christopher Magnus. They want to replace Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor, who is scheduled to retire in December.
The finalists will interview with the 15-member City Police Chief Appointment Advisory Committee at a public meeting on Oct. 29 (time to be announced) in the Mayor and Council Chambers at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda. Separate interviews will be held with the Tucson Police Officers Association (TPOA) and Tucson Police Department command, as well as the City’s executive leadership team.