Prescott Valley council honors police chief
Jarrell praised for his integrity, expertise, professionalism
Five years ago, the Town of Prescott Valley hired a new police officer from Michigan. The Town Council and staff honored Chief Bryan Jarrell at the Jan. 24 regular council meeting with a five-year certificate and a cash gift, amount unknown.
Town Manager Larry Tarkowski listed Jarrell’s attributes and what the chief has brought to the police department: leadership, cultural refinement, integrity, professionalism, expertise and budget discipline.
“Under your leadership, you’ve brought a cultural refinement within the department,” Tarkowski said. “With your great approach at managing people, you have refined the culture and turned it into a better place to work.”
Tarkowski said he appreciated the chief’s ability to convey bad news as well as good news to the council and administration in a direct manner. He also mentioned the recognition Prescott Valley has received as being the community with the lowest crime in northern Arizona.
“You have helped that accomplishment come to fruition,” Tarkowski said.
Tarkowski also listed other achievements Jarrell has had a hand in instituting through the Prescott Valley department: Coffee with a Cop, Police Academy, Youth Police Academy, cultivating relationships with businesses, Police Citizens Committee, and managing the $3 million expansion to the police department building.
Jarrell acknowledged that the town took a chance on an unknown five years ago, and he took a chance on Prescott Valley, not knowing what he was getting into.
“I found a group of employees, sworn officers to civil, that are truly committed to serving this community,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m very blessed and very grateful.”