Debora Black – Chief of Police
Police Chief Debora Black (Debby) joined the Glendale Police Department in December of 2006. She has led the Patrol and Support Bureaus, which included overseeing Neighborhood Patrol Services, Training, Personnel Management, Professional Standards, Public Information, Technical Services, and Criminal Investigations. She served as the Executive Assistant Police Chief since 2009, and assumed the role of Acting Police Chief in Chief Conrad’s absence.
Prior to joining the Glendale Police Department, Chief Black worked for the Phoenix Police Department. She began her career in 1980 as a patrol officer and worked her way through the ranks ultimately being promoted to Assistant Police Chief in 2000. During her career Chief Black was awarded the Medal of Valor, three Medals of Lifesaving, and two Police Chief’s Unit Awards.
Chief Black serves on the New Life Center Board of Directors and Chaired the Governance Sub Committee with the City of Glendale Diversity Committee. In 2008, Chief Black was recognized by the YWCA Tribute to Women as the Public Service Leader of the Year.
Chief Black earned a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University. She attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government, and has earned a Certificate in Legal Studies at Phoenix College.
Chief Black is married and has a daughter.