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Retired commander named interim Tempe Police Chief

Posted at 9:40 AM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 12:40:11-04

TEMPE, AZ — An interim police chief has been chosen to serve in Tempe following the resignation of Sylvia Moir.

Last week, Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir, the department's first female police chief, announced she was resigning as chief.

On Wednesday, Tempe officials said retired Tempe Police Commander Jeff Glover would serve as the head of the department for one year beginning on Oct. 12.


Glover reportedly retired in February after 20 years with Tempe Police Department and will be the city's first African American police chief.

“Jeff is a consummate professional who has impressive public safety credentials and experience, is well respected by residents and peers, and has a unique ability to collaborate and bring people together,” City Manager Andrew Ching said in a press release. “I look forward to working with him and seeing what he brings to the Tempe Police Department.”

Glover will be able to apply for a permanent position as police chief following his year term, expected to last until October 2021. Details on the process to hire a permanent chief have not been released.

Glover began as a Mesa police officer in 1998, joined Tempe's department a year later, and has held multiple roles in the department. He has also served as the Governor-appointed Commissioner on the Arizona Commission for African American Affairs and as a national board member and Arizona chapter member for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.