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Steven Roser is Prescott Valley's new police chief, Town Manager announces

Steven Roser, currently a shift commander with the City of Phoenix Police Department, will join the Prescott Valley Police Department on Nov. 4 as its new chief. (Courtesy)

Steven Roser, currently a shift commander with the City of Phoenix Police Department, will join the Prescott Valley Police Department on Nov. 4 as its new chief. (Courtesy)

After an extensive search and interview process, Prescott Valley Town Manager Larry Tarkowski announced Wednesday, Sept. 18, the hiring of Steven Roser as the town’s new chief of police.

Roser, currently a shift commander with the City of Phoenix Police Department, has accepted the town’s offer with tentative plans to join the Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) Nov. 4.

Roser comes with 29 years of experience with the Phoenix PD and four years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist prior to

He said he is excited about becoming a resident of the community and leading the department.

“My first impression is that Prescott Valley has an outstanding police department,” Roser stated in a Sept. 18 news release from the town. “I’ve heard nothing but positive comments about the department, and the community is very supportive.”

Beginning in 1990 as a patrol officer in the South Mountain Precinct, Roser has worked his way through positions in the department that include field training officer, burglary and metal theft detective, narcotics and property investigation, drug enforcement, and forensic imaging. Most recently he has served as shift commander assigned to the Infrastructure Protection Unit, Downtown Operation, Central City Precinct.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Grand Canyon University and a Masters in Administration from Northern Arizona University.

Roser said his first order of business will be to get to know the department’s employees — both sworn and civilian — and the town’s department directors and employees. He also is eager to connect with surrounding law enforcement agencies and their leaders, some of which he knew and worked with in Phoenix.

Mayor Kell Palguta said he is excited about the new energy and passion for law enforcement that Roser brings to the department.

Tarkowski said he is anticipating a new chapter in the department’s history. “We’re looking forward to new leadership that will respect and complement the department’s progress to date, and that will raise the bar for the community that has for two years in a row been named the safest in Northern Arizona,” he said.

Though he considers the new position a “major change” moving from a big city to a smaller community, Roser said his experience can help lead Prescott Valley’s police department into the future.

“It’s a great opportunity for me. I envision that Prescott Valley will continue to grow, and the community needs someone that is ready for growth and the experiences that come along with that,” he said.

Roser enters the department with an annual $135,000 salary agreement, a town vehicle, and up to $5,000 in reimbursement for relocation costs. As with other town employees, he receives health care insurance benefits and contributions to a 401K account.

Former PVPD Chief Bryan Jarrell began his tenure five years ago at $119,000 and, with Cost of Living Adjustments and merit raises, left at $152,000.

Follow Sue Tone on Twitter @ToneNotes. Reach her at stone@prescottaz.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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