Following the retirement of longtime Police Chief Rick St. John, who served Glendale for 23 years, Chris Briggs has assumed the role of interim chief of police.
“I am excited for this opportunity to work with our amazing leadership team to continue to build a police department that our community expects and deserves,” Briggs said.
Briggs joined the Glendale Police Department in 1992. His most recent assignment was the assistant chief overseeing the Investigations and Administrative Bureau, where he was responsible for criminal investigations, undercover operations, special events planning and operations, traffic, training, personnel management, planning and research, grants and the budget.
“I will continue to implement increased training, new technologies and strategic initiatives we need to reduce crime and ensure a safe community for our residents, businesses and visitors,” Briggs said.
Briggs earned his Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from Ottawa University and attended the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations course.
Throughout his career, he has worked in every division in the department including patrol, criminal investigations, the Professional Standards Unit and special operations, where he served in the capacity of detective, sergeant and lieutenant.
While in special operations, he planned events and contingency responses for events that included NFL and NHL games, Super Bowls, city events and Luke Air Force Base air shows. As a commander, he led the administrative and the gateway patrol divisions before being promoted to assistant chief.
He has been married for 24 years and is the father of a son and daughter.
“Chief Briggs has been instrumental in building the trust and confidence between our police officers and our residents,” said City Manager Kevin Phelps, who appointed Briggs.
“He has successfully led the department by personally living the mission, vision and values of the city. Chris has significant experience in nearly every area of policing, and we are fortunate to have someone who can continue the great work of the former chief while bringing his own new ideas and viewpoints.”