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City of Tempe hires Tom Ryff as Police Chief by quotes
October 30, 2006, 10:04 pm
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City of Tempe hires Police Chief


Homegrown candidate raised and educated in Tempe


TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe City Manager Will Manley has announced the hiring
of a new Police Chief for the city: lifelong Tempe resident and 27-year
department employee Tom Ryff.

Ryff, who has served as an Assistant Police Chief in Tempe since 2004,
will become Chief on Jan. 1.


“I’m excited and honored to serve our community and all members of the
Tempe Police Department as the new Chief of Police. My goal will be to
continue to provide quality services to our residents as well as to our
staff,” Ryff said. “As a lifelong resident and as Police Chief, I look
forward to working with our Mayor and Council to help our city manage
this new phase of our growth to ensure a safe community and high quality
of life for all.”


Several employee and community forums were held so that residents and
Tempe Police Department employees could ask questions of Ryff. He has
received unanimous support of the Tempe Officers Association Executive


Ryff was raised in Tempe, attending grade school, middle school and high
school in the city. He was part of the first class at Scales Elementary
School, attended Gililland Middle School and graduated from Tempe High


After 27 years as a Tempe police officer, Ryff has moved through the
ranks from officer to assistant chief. He has served as Commander of
every Tempe Police Department bureau, including Patrol, Special
Investigations, Criminal Investigations, Traffic Investigations, and
currently serves as Assistant Chief of Police over the Support Services
Division. Ryff will be Tempe’s first Hispanic police chief and has been
recognized for his work by the League of United Latin American Citizens
(LULAC) and the National Latino Peace Officers Association.


Ryff has many goals for the Tempe Police Department in 2007, including
focuses on: neighborhood quality of life; recruitment and retention of
officers; opening the department’s new substation on Apache Boulevard;
and integrating new technology, such as interoperable radios and a new
records management system.

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