The City of Prescott has been notified by Police Chief Jerald Monahan that he will be leaving the City to accept the position of Chief of Police at Yavapai College. His official last day at the City will be June 15, 2016. In his present capacity, Chief Monahan oversees an annual operating budget of $12 million, with approximately 90 full-time sworn police officers and civilian personnel.
"It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of Prescott as their Chief of Police. I was pleased to be able to move to Prescott for my present position; and am thankful for the opportunity to serve in a similar role at Yavapai College. I've been teaching Administration of Criminal Justice there, have enjoyed it immensely, and am looking forward to working for an institution with an educational focus."
Monahan, appointed Prescott Police Chief in January 2013, came to Prescott with more than 30 years of public safety experience, extensive knowledge of law enforcement in the State of Arizona, and a strong interest to live and work in Prescott. He counts establishment of a full-time Victim Advocate, implementation of a victim-centered philosophy, and raising the bar regarding investigation of sexual assault and domestic violence as major accomplishments, while keeping Prescott safe despite the unprecedented financial challenges facing the City.
"Chief Monahan is a knowledgeable, highly experienced, and talented public safety professional who brought many talents to the position of Chief of Police for the City of Prescott. We appreciate his service to the City and dedication to the community. We are fortunate that he will continue to provide leadership and expertise as the next Chief of Police at Yavapai College,Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ said Craig McConnell, Prescott City Manager.
The City will immediately commence recruitment of the Police Chief position, as well as an internal process for appointment of a new Deputy Police Chief as a promotional opportunity, in preparation for Deputy Chief Andy Reinhardt's anticipated retirement in July 2016. "The Deputy Chief position is a key operational necessity," Monahan noted. "Maintaining strong leadership in this position will be essential to assuring a smooth transition for the new Chief."