Jack Harris No Longer Overseeing Phoenix PD; Acting Police Chief Joe Yahner Taking Over Day-to-Day Operations in Wake of Kidnapping-Stats Scandal (Updated)

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Public Safety Manager Jack Harris (left) stripped of his police chief duties, with Assistant City Manager Ed Zuercher.
Public Safety Manager Jack Harris  retains some of his duties as police chief, but Executive Assistant Police Chief Joe Yahner becomes Acting Police Chief in the wake of a scandal over inflated border-related kidnapping statistics reported to the federal government, it was announced today.

Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos' office said Harris will have oversight of homeland security issues (as New Times previously reported) and of security of City Hall and other municipal buildings.
 
There weren't many other details released, other than that city officials' plan to organize a panel of experts to review the police department's kidnapping stats and record-keeping processes.



Assistant City Manager Ed Zuercher said the panel will complete a review of Harris' situation in 60 days. He said, until that review is complete, it won't be clear whether Harris' move becomes permanent.
Zuercher said he is confident there was no fraud involved, that kidnapping statistics were not inflated to obtain federal funding.
 
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Acting Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner.
Mark Spencer, president of the Police Law Enforcement Association, which represents rank-and-file Phoenix cops, alleges that police managers intentionally inflated border-related kidnapping statistics to get federal grants.
 
Zuercher suggested that inaccurate stats could be the result of sloppy record-keeping or mistakes.
 
Harris stood behind Cavazos during the first few minutes of the press conference, his face expressionless. When the announcement was made, he and Yahner walked out of City Hall room where media gathered.
 
Cavazos said he asked Harris not to comment on the matter.
 
When Cavazos was pressed as to why he wouldn't allow Harris to comment, even though he  said the process would be open and transparent, Cavazos turned to Zuercher, who only explained more about the review process.

The Phoenix Police Department later issued the following information on Yahner:

Joseph Yahner was born and raised in Phoenix and has been with the Phoenix Police Department for approximately 26 years.  Joe's formal education includes an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and a Masters degree from the University of Phoenix.  Throughout his career, he has worked in several Patrol Precincts and a variety of specialty assignments.  

He was promoted to commander in 1999 and has been assigned to the City Manager's Office, Traffic Bureau, Property Crimes Bureau, and the Maryvale Precinct.  In 2007, he was promoted to Assistant Chief and assigned to the Homeland Security Division where he had overall responsibility for the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star game, and opening of Light Rail.  On June 1, 2009, Chief Yahner was promoted to the Executive Assistant Chief.




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WithoutARudder
WithoutARudder

A rich history of imbeciles led by morons supervising idiots who were trained by retards.

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Anonymous
Anonymous

This guy has a masters from the University of Phoenix?!?!? That is proof positive he is too stupid to be Chief.

jefsr
jefsr

Once Sculley left Phoenix the police chief had no one to cover up his fraud and he got caught lying to get more Federal grant dollars.

Sheryl Sculley helps SAPD Chief McAnus cover up grant fraud, accounting fraud, theft, aggravated perjury, subornation of perjury, etc. now that she is in SA. McAnus/SAPD closed out police report # 9.0471467 to hide the criminal activity inside the IT Department and the aggravated perjury of numerous City witnesses including CIO Varn and IT Director Miller who were coached by City Attorney Klein to present false testimony.

San Antonio City employees defrauded the Feds for decades but Sculley, McAnus, Bernard, etc. hide the crimes. They know of the fraud but refuse to follow the law/rules/regulations and return the money, perform an audit and hold the crooks accountable.

We can only hope that Sculley leaves so that we can open an investigation into Chief McAnus’, City Attorney Bernard’s, City Attorney Klein’s, IT Director Miller’s, etc. cover-up of criminal activity inside the IT Department and the fraud upon the court when CIO Varn, Klein, Miller conspired to hide decades of theft/fraud/etc with their lies.

Will you take Sculley back ? PLEASE ?????????

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jefsr
jefsr

Once Sculley left Phoenix the police chief had no one to cover up his fraud and he got caught lying to get more Federal grant dollars.

Sheryl Sculley helps SAPD Chief McAnus cover up grant fraud, accounting fraud, theft, aggravated perjury, subornation of perjury, etc. now that she is in SA. McAnus/SAPD closed out police report # 9.0471467 to hide the criminal activity inside the IT Department and the aggravated perjury of numerous City witnesses including CIO Varn and IT Director Miller who were coached by City Attorney Klein to present false testimony.

San Antonio City employees defrauded the Feds for decades but Sculley, McAnus, Bernard, etc. hide the crimes. They know of the fraud but refuse to follow the law/rules/regulations and return the money, perform an audit and hold the crooks accountable.

We can only hope that Sculley leaves so that we can open an investigation into Chief McAnus’, City Attorney Bernard’s, City Attorney Klein’s, IT Director Miller’s, etc. cover-up of criminal activity inside the IT Department and the fraud upon the court when CIO Varn, Klein, Miller conspired to hide decades of theft/fraud/etc with their lies.

I commend the City of Phoenix for doing the right thing.

Will you please take Sculley back ? PLEASE ?????

Here is a sample of Sculley's cover-up in progress:

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Capone
Capone

They should get rid of the know it all snitch Sgt. Phil Roberts, who is a Spencer chaser. he is the one who started the memo.

The Class West
The Class West

Our Associates are fiercely attacking Harris and Gordon also, as they join forces with www.badphoenixcops.blogspot.co... in an attempt to get Harris indicted and imprisoned.They complimented Monica Alonzo in this scathing press release against Harris and Gordon.

"To The World Press: These are opinions based on known facts. MAKE IT GO VIRAL, FOLKS, BECAUSE THESE CORRUPT PHOENIX LOWLIVES THREATEN OUR ENTIRE NATION DUE TO THE RAMPANT ILLEGAL DOPE AND HUMAN SLAVE TRADES THAT THEY PROFIT FROM. Let's get the WHOLE NATION and WORLD after them. Thanks! We applaud the TENACIOUS and COURAGEOUS folks at www.BadPhoenixCops.com and www.BadPhoenixCops.Blogspot.co... in their heroic efforts that have finally taken down PHOENIX's corrupt double-dipping thug "Public Safety Manager" aka "Police Chief" WACKO JACKO HARRIS, who's in the pockets of LA RAZA and the ILLEGAL DOPE and HUMAN SMUGGLING CARTELS. It's Phoenix's infamous DARK DESERT CABAL, taking orders from the DOPE and SLAVE CARTELS and TERRORISTS, not "We The People." Please see http://badphoenixcops.blogspot... Don't forget the brave efforts of MONICA ALONZO (Monica.Alonzo@newtimes.com) of www.PhoenixNewTimes.com in exposing these lowlives. Keep up the great work, MONICA! MONICA and our PHOENIX CABAL-BASHING ALLIES on the ground at www.BadPhoenixCops.Blogspot.co... now know about the WANTAGATE THEFT OF TRILLIONS being regularly exposed at http://wantagate.blogspot.com and http://wtsnb.blogspot.com . You can bet they're working on connecting WACKO JACKO and his CO-CONSPIRATOR PHIL "Delerium Tremens" GORDON, and many others, to kickbacks and pay-offs from those TRILLIONS stolen form "We The People." Sadly, GORDON's moniker "Delerium Tremens" refers to his UNTREATED CHRONIC ALCOHOLISM, OXYCONTIN ADDICTION, and a PSYCHO-SEXUAL DISORDER that makes him OBSESSED with some of the UGLIEST SKANKS in PHOENIX, such as his current BOW-WOW - ELISSA "Global STDs" MULLANY. MULLANY and GORDON have been stealing TAXPAYERS' MONEY in GLOBAL THEIVERY in conspiracy with CARLOS SLIM and ARAB TERRORISTS in DUBAI and elsewhere. And GORDON's Jewish also!"

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anon
anon

And what about the housecleaning at the MCAO? Years of abuses and audits that can't be conducted and that no longer matters? Where's that investigation? arpaio should retire and make room for the next generation. Who's driving the Harris witch hunt?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I don't understand why Mr. Harris is not just moved out of the police department, permanently, and expected to do the job he is titled and paid for, Manager of Public Safety.

Take Mr. Harris out of the police uniform so he won't be expected to continue as a four star general. He has retired once. After almost forty years in law enforcement it's time for him to move on to something else, I would think. Give the younger folks a shot at being top dog.

["Mark Spencer, president of the Police Law Enforcement Association, which represents rank-and-file Phoenix cops, alleges that police managers intentionally inflated border-related kidnapping statistics to get federal grants."]

I guess Mr. Spencer forgets he is the one who GREATLY exaggerated the effects of the S-13 gang influence several years ago when he was trying to force PPD to go gang busters after all people of brown color in Arizona...

Just another cheap shot by PLEA.... which is why so many ethical members are hauling ass away from PLEA...

Rob
Rob

Interesting that in the accompanying picture Harris still sports the stars he dared everyone to come take from him.One wonders, as he's still good for a cushy, well paying job and the undying love of Phil Gordon , if those same stars were to be taken and shoved right up where they belong if they wouldn't later emerge, in a city owned toilet, as diamonds.

Johnny T.
Johnny T.

People need to read that badphoenixcops blog site. They put out some accurrate information before anyone else even hears about it. They must have people on the inside in high places that feed them the latest information because it is accurrate....but it uses some very descriptive language so be careful if you are easily offended by such..

anon
anon

correction: MCSO - the sheriff.

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