Prescott Valley Police Dept. promotes Edelstein, Askew to commander
The Prescott Valley Police Department has announced the promotion of Det. Sgt. Art Askew and Lt. James Edelstein to the rank of Police Commander, effective Oct. 24.
The department approved the promotions after Askew and Edelstein emerged as exceptional candidates in a recent testing process.
Askew, who now oversees the Support Services Division, began his law enforcement career in 1992 in Upstate New York before coming to Prescott Valley Police in 1994. He worked in patrol and criminal investigation and was promoted to sergeant in 1998. As a sergeant, Askew worked as a patrol supervisor, detective sergeant, Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) commander, K-9 supervisor, Field Training officer supervisor, and the Violent Crimes Against Women unit supervisor, among several other assignments.
Askew lives in Prescott Valley with his wife of 18 years and their two children.
Edelstein, who takes charge of the Field Services Division, started in law enforcement in 1994 with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office before coming to Prescott Valley Police in 1998. Edelstein worked in patrol and criminal investigations prior to his promotion to sergeant in 2005. He has been a member of the S.W.A.T. team and currently is the S.W.A.T. commander. He has served as the departments' range master as well as a patrol supervisor, detective sergeant, and Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy sergeant before promotion to the Field Services Division lieutenant in 2010.
Edelstein and his wife of 18 years live in Prescott Valley with their three sons.
The department will conduct a promotional ceremony for the commanders at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Town of Prescott Valley Council Chambers at the Prescott Valley Public Library. The event is open to everyone. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. For more information, call Candi McElhaney at 772-5162.