Phoenix Officials Name New Police Chief: Daniel V. Garcia, Former Assistant Police Chief in Dallas, Starts Job in May

Phoenix officials have selected former Dallas Police Assistance Chief Daniel V. Garcia as the city's police chief.

Garcia, a 34-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department and soon its former assistant police chief, will start his new gig in May.

Garcia's appointment comes nearly a year after his predecessor retired amid a controversy over the police department's border-related kidnapping and home invasion statistics.

Serving in the interim was Joe Yahner, who made an unsuccessful bid for the job he had for the past year.

Phoenix conducted a nationwide search to replace former Police Chief Jack Harris, who served out his final weeks assigned to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Harris had been reassigned last March and retired in April.

Phoenix Assistant Chief Kevin Robinson and former San Jose Police Chief Robert Davis were also in the running for the job.

Garcia's bio:

Garcia earned his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University. He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Police Executive Research Forum. Garcia has earned many awards throughout his career, including runner-up Rookie of the Year, 11 Dallas Police Shooting awards, Texas State Rifle Association Marksman Champion, and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 100 Certificate of Appreciation.

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