Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris Is Retiring -- Again

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Public Safety Manager/Police Chief Jack Harris is retiring today.
After months of controversy over whether the Phoenix Police Department intentionally inflated kidnapping statistics to get federal funding, the city's top cop has announced he is retiring today.

Public Safety Manager Jack Harris had come under fire because he repeatedly told City Manager David Cavazos and City Council members that the kidnapping figures had been audited, verified and thoroughly vetted -- when in fact, they had not been.


The issue: Police reported that they had 358 kidnappings in 2008, and have said that nearly all were linked to U.S.-Mexico border-related violence. The figures were also used in at least two federal grants that helped the Phoenix Police Department land $2.45 million.

Some of the police reports counted and touted as border-related kidnappings were actually carjackings or assaults. Others didn't involve any crime at all, just reports called in from residents who thought they might have witnessed a crime. Read New Times analysis of those reports.

City officials convened a panel of experts to review the statistics and make recommendation to prevent similar issues in the future.

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Assistant City Manager Ed Zuercher (front) during a March 3 announcing Public Safety Manager Jack Harris' resignment.
​Cavazos yanked control of the police department from Harris in March and
reassigned him to focus on homeland security issues and the security of
municipal buildings. Harris was relocated from his PD office to a spot
at Sky Harbor International Airport while his No. 2, Assistant Chief Joe Yahner,
took over day-to-day operations.

Harris has also drawn sharp
criticism -- particularly from the police union -- because when he
retired from the Phoenix Police Department in 2007, he was promptly rehired as a Public Safety Manager.

Harris has been collecting a state pension on top of a city salary of nearly $200,000 a year.

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon issued a statement declaring his disappointment "about this unfitting ending to a remarkable career."

"Jack Harris, like the Phoenix Police Department, has been stained and smeared by a vocal, vindictive few in pursuit of their own political and personal gain," Gordon says. "I stand by Jack Harris today as I have every day in my time as Mayor. As the search begins to find a new leader for our police department, I know we'll be fortunate indeed to again find someone of his caliber."


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12 comments
Glyph
Glyph

Now he can be re-rehired!

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

His pension should be revoked due to his lying to Congress and the city council. That would be a fair trade for not being charged with fraud and going to jail. I guess that's not even an issue anymore. Arizona politics is a joke. It's just a way to rake in the dough and be on T.V. while the spittle flies from your lying lips.

FUCK WORK
FUCK WORK

Take the money and run you Irish Pig. I would. Fuck Work!

Dont Read This
Dont Read This

when you retire twice do you get twice the retirement pay? just a dumb joke.

Native Guns
Native Guns

Now that he is retiring. If we only get former Mesa Police Chief George Gascon back form S.F.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Is he taking the Flaccid Fool of MCSO with him into retirement?

WhatASurprise
WhatASurprise

not a dumb question. yes he is getting two retirements

getthelastlaugh
getthelastlaugh

He's laughing all the way to the bank, as Phoenix is also going to give him a pension.

vic
vic

Gascon was the only bright spot I have seen in the ten years that I have lived inMesa. But of course he was way to smart to waste his abilities in this place. Hewas great, and best of all. he was not a bit afraid of our fool of a sherriff, ha that'swhy Joe hated him so much.

Dont Read This
Dont Read This

FRISCO is a classy town Phoenix is a dump thats why I left. me? I live at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu Hawaii I next door to teds bakery at sunset beach. stop by teds bakery.

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