Assistant Chief John Leavitt

Assistant Chief John Leavitt


Assistant Chief Leavitt is a native of Tucson. He began his career with the Tucson Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer in 1982. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2003.


  • Masters of Education - Northern Arizona University
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science - University of Arizona

Specialized Training

  • Senior Management Institute for Police
  • Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government State and Local Executive Program
  • Certified Instructor - International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Southwest Leadership Program, University of Arizona Eller College of Management

Professional Highlights/Affiliations

  • Tucson Police Department Medal of Distinguished Service
  • Tucson Police Department Medal of Merit (2)
  • Tucson Police Department Chief of Police Citation of Excellence
  • Tucson Police Department Reserve Officer of the Year
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Hispanic Professional Action Committee
  • Community Action Board - Juvenile Court Center
  • Arizona Trial Court Selection Committee - Pima County

Law Enforcement Experience

During his service with the Tucson Police Department Assistant Chief Leavitt has been a part of many units within the agency.

Assistant Chief Leavitt has commanded:

  • Field Services Bureau
  • Investigative Services Bureau
  • Administrative Services Bureau

As a Captain, Assistant Chief Leavitt served as the Chief's Liaison to the City Manager's Office and as the Chief of Staff. He commanded:

  • Operations Division Midtown
  • Field Support Division
  • Central Investigations Division
  • Operations Division West

As a Lieutenant, Assistant Chief Leavitt was a commander in:

  • S.W.A.T.
  • Human Resources, as Acting Division Commander
  • Operations Division South

As a Sergeant, Assistant Chief Leavitt had supervisory responsibilities in:

  • Operations Division West
  • Communications
  • Operations Division Midtown

As a salaried Police Officer, Assistant Chief Leavitt was assigned to Patrol in Operations Division West. His career began as a Reserve Police Officer, an unpaid position he held for almost four years.