Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, Executive Assistant Chief test positive for COVID-19

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams
Posted at 2:06 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-04 08:03:01-05

PHOENIX — Phoenix police Chief Jeri Williams and Executive Assistant Chief Michael Kurtenbach have both tested positive for COVID-19, the department said Friday.

Williams and Kurtenbach are experiencing mild symptoms, according to a statement released by officials.

Both are working from home while they quarantine, and Executive Assistant Chief Kurtenbach will return early next week after previously testing positive, officials said.

"Nearly 450,000 Arizonans have tested positive for COVID-19, and now Chief Jeri Williams is one of them," the department said in a Facebook post Friday afternoon.

Assistant Chief Sean Patrick Connolly has been designated Acting Police Chief.

It is unclear when Chief Williams tested positive.

The news comes as coronavirus cases continue to climb across Arizona.