Paul's Note - July 8, 2022

Some new faces will be joining the upper ranks of the Tucson Police Department, and it means that you will be seeing new leadership at Operations Division East, the division that handles calls in most of Ward 2. 

Assistant Chief John Strader has left his job at TPD to become a deputy county attorney. Both Captains Christopher Dennison and Monica Prieto (who was once a lieutenant in ODE) have moved to assistant chief. 

Our own captain, Colin King, will be taking a position running human resources for the department. He will be dealing with the staffing challenges that our and many departments around the country have. I know he’s up to the job. My staff and I will miss working with him. 

Captain James Wakefield, who goes by Jimmy, has already taken command of ODE. Wakefield’s first assignment was at ODE as a rookie back in 1999. Much of his time on the job has been supervising investigative teams, including robbery, auto theft and internal affairs. He was promoted to captain in 2020 and commanded the Central Investigation Division. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing squads that handled homicide, adult sexual assault, robbery and gun crime. 

He’s through and through an east sider. He grew up here and still lives near Michael Perry Park. 

Both Lts. Garza and Mechtel will be moving on to other assignments. My office referred a lot of issues from constituents to the two of them and they were invaluable. We wish them all success in their new roles. 

My staff will be meeting with Capt. Wakefield soon to hear how their responsibilities will be divvied up. Two new lieutenants, Lissette Gomez and John Malovich, will be joining the command staff. Both are newly promoted but have a wealth of experience in other areas of the department. 

Welcome aboard; we look forward to working with you. 

The public is invited to join Sun Tran staff for a conversation about Title VI policies that affect major service changes, fare changes, disparate impact and disproportionate burden. Representatives from Sun Tran will be available at seven in-person and one virtual open house events. Spanish and English-speaking staff will provide information, answer questions and accept feedback on the Title VI policies and other transit-related topics. Attendees will also be invited to fill out a survey about transit fares. 

Sun Tran holds Title VI meetings every three years. Title VI refers to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, stating no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. 

For more information visit: suntran.com/PublicInput2022. If members of the public cannot make a meeting and have a comment, they may call Sun Tran Customer Service at (520) 792-9222 or email: suntraninfo@tucsonaz.gov. Comments will be accepted through Friday, July 29, 2022. 

There will be an open house at Ward 2 (7575 E Speedway) on July 12, noon – 1 pm. A complete list of dates and locations can be found at https://www.suntran.com/PublicInput2022. 

Last week, I mentioned that our neighborhood recycling center at Ward 2 will soon be phased out. We now have a timeline for the Ward 2 center. 

The last day that the site will be open will be July 29th. The glass recycling receptacle will stay, however.