Commander Art Askew honored for 20 years of service
The 20-year mark proved a high point for Prescott Valley Police Commander Art Askew Thursday evening.
During a special presentation before the regular council meeting began, PVPD Chief Bryan Jarrell said a few words as Vice Mayor Lora Lee Nye and Mayor Harvey Skoog presented Askew with a commemorative plaque and an emerald pin for serving two decades with the department.
"Art has made many contributions over his career...one of his accomplishments was to research, develop and implement what is now the SWAT unit. In fact Art was so talented, he was promoted commander, bypassing lieutenant on Oct 24, 2011," Jarrell said.
Askew began with the department in 1994 and was assigned to the criminal investigation division in 1996.
He received a promotion to sergeant in 1998 and eventually moved into his role as a criminal investigation supervisor.
Askew, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, also oversees internal affairs, police records, training, recruitment of background investigations, school resource officers, grants, crime prevention, special investigations, and media relations.
In addition, Askew created and implemented the department's first K-9 unit and continues to present information about that program at major conferences to include the Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association.
"Art has accomplished a great deal in 20 years and I can't wait to see what he has in store for us in the future," Jarrell said.
Vice Mayor Lora Lee Nye said Askew has been a success and, "whatever Art touches, he improves it."
Councilmember Michael Whiting said Askew has placed his mark on the department and appreciates his investment in the community.
"Twenty years goes by really fast. Two things that have been constant have been the quality of people I get to work with every day and the amount of support that we get from council," Askew said.
Askew's wife Allison, daughter, Hailey, and son, Zachary, also joined him in receiving the award.