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Integrity, accountability, and transparency have always remained paramount in organizations Steve has led. He has a well-established record of principled and fearless leadership over a fulfilling law enforcement career spanning over thirty years. He's held positions running the gamut of American policing such as an undercover detective assigned to the DEA to later overseeing teams combatting organized crime, SWAT team commander, and division commander.
Steve has served the last 15 years as a senior manager or chief executive. As a police chief for two dramatically different municipalities, Steve has been highly successful in establishing community trust and forming partnerships to address complex quality of life issues, often overcoming challenging political environments. Steve has an inspiring story of standing up to cancel culture.
A proud 30-year resident of Arizona and graduate of both ASU and NAU, Steve has lived in and served communities of all sizes. Steve, his wife Nesa, and their three kids have been blessed to have found their forever home in beautiful Yavapai County where they have resided for the past six years.
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I have served the community in many ways outside policing. Most notably, I have served on a number of governing boards to include: Chamber of Commerce, Domestic Violence Shelter, School Board, and currently sit on the MATFORCE Board of Directors. MATFORCE is a model drug education and prevention organization active throughout the State. Finally, I am active promoting the Verde Valley AVA's wine industry and am a member of the Verde Valley Wine Trail Board. The broad perspective gained from these experiences will help me represent our district at the Capitol.
My role of a police chief in Yavapai County over the last six years has enabled me to establish relationships on both sides of Mingus Mountain. The new LD1 now follows Yavapai County lines and all of Sedona. I am now in a position to serve all in what I consider my "back yard". The new district boundary lines were the final deciding factor in my quest to serve as your representative.
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