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Prescott narrows field of police chief applicants to two

PRESCOTT - Two finalists - one from Arizona and one from Ohio - will be traveling to Prescott for interviews on Jan. 28 for the Prescott Police Chief position.

The City of Prescott announced this week that the field of 30 applicants has been narrowed to two: Jerald Monahan, police chief in Apache Junction; and Dino Sgambellone, police chief in Mansfield, Ohio.

Melissa Preston, communications and public affairs manager for the City of Prescott, said plans are in the works for a panel of local officials to interview the applicants on Jan. 28.

Monahan's résumé notes that he has worked since 2008 as chief of police of the Apache Junction Police Department, managing 100 employees and a budget of $9.7 million.

Previously - from 2005 to 2008 - Monahan worked as chief deputy for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, where he was responsible for operations of the department, which consisted of more than 600 employees and more than 100 volunteers.

In all, Monahan has 15 years of command-level experience, at the rank of lieutenant, captain, chief deputy and chief of police.

Monahan has a master' degree from Grand Canyon University, with an emphasis in disaster preparedness and crisis management. He also has a bachelor's degree in public safety administration.

Sgambellone has worked as chief of police in Mansfield, Ohio, since 2010, and has worked for the police department there since 1991. He also has worked as the project director for METRICH, a 10-county task force battling illegal drugs and weapons, since 2010.

Prior to joining the Mansfield police force in 1991 as a patrol officer and SWAT team member, Sgambellone served as a security officer in the U.S. Air Force (from 1987 to 1990).

Sgambellone holds a doctorate in public safety from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minn., a master's degree in general management from Keller Graduate School of Management in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene College in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

The successful applicant will replace former Prescott Police Chief Mike Kabbel, who retired from the position at the end of 2012.

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