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Executive Staff:

Glendale City Police Chief Debora Black

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.

Glendale, AZ - Police - St. John

Rick St. John – Assistant Chief

Rick St. John joined the Glendale Police Department in October 1996.  Since joining the Department, Assistant Chief St. John has enjoyed many opportunities and has acquired a background of diverse experiences to include serving as an officer on the first established Neighborhood Response Unit, serving as a Sergeant on the first established Domestic Violence Unit in Criminal Investigations, serving as the Foothills Sector Lieutenant, and serving as the Commander over Criminal Investigations. Assistant Chief St. John is currently serving as the Assistant Chief in the Support Bureau.

Along with his diverse experience in service, Assistant Chief St. John has also acted as the lead for the Department’s Defensive Tactics training, Taser training, and High Risk Stops training. Using this knowledge base, Assistant Chief St. John developed training for women in the community under the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program, and has traveled several times out of the country to provide training to law enforcement agencies in Mexico. Assistant Chief St. John received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Arizona State University and has successfully completed training in Leadership in Police Organizations.

Assistant Chief St. John is married and has four children, three sons and a daughter. Assistant Chief St. John enjoys being active in his community through his church where he currently serves as an Elder.

Assistant Chief Matt Lively

Matt Lively – Assistant Chief

Assistant Chief Matt Lively has been with the Glendale Police Department since September of 1985. He is currently the Assistant Chief overseeing the Operations Bureau where he is responsible for the two Neighborhood Patrol Divisions and the Special Operations Division. He is currently the department lead for Super Bowl XLIX.

He has worked in every division in the department during his career including time as the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, Foothills Patrol Division and twice as the Commander of the Special Operations Division (S.O.D.). While commanding S.O.D., he managed the team that planned and implemented operations for the Police Department at Super Bowl XLII as well as several seasons of Cardinals football games and several Fiesta and BCS Bowl games.

Matt has served as an instructor for the department in the areas of Defensive Tactics, High Risk Vehicle Stops, use of impact weapons and Tasers, incident command and school safety issues. He has served as a Subject Matter Expert for AZPOST in the areas of patrol procedures and crowd management. Matt has been a member of the Deer Valley Unified School Districts Safe Schools team since 2001 and remains active in the area of school safety and responding to emergencies at schools.

He attended Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Management. He has attended the Rocky Mountain Program, the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations course and is a graduate of Leadership West Class 17. Matt lives in Glendale with his wife, daughter and son. When he is not at work he is likely to be found serving as a Scout leader for a very active Boy Scout Troop in north Glendale.


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