Acting Phoenix police chief appointed to post permanently

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Acting Police Chief Joe Yahner has been appointed to fill the position permanently, city officials announced Wednesday.

Yahner is a Phoenix native who worked his way up through the department's ranks since joining it 30 years ago. He was named executive assistant chief in 2009 and has been acting chief since December following the firing of his predecessor, Daniel Garcia.

Yahner also previously served as acting chief for over a year before Garcia was hired in 2012.

City Manager Ed Zuercher appointed Yahner, saying Yahner did well in leading the department through the Super Bowl, working closely with Phoenix Fire and Emergency Management as well as nearly every city department.

Garcia's tenure was marked by clashes with the police officers' union. Zuercher fired him for insubordination after he defied an order by Zuercher and held a news conference to criticize his critics.

Mayor Greg Stanton called Yahner an outstanding law enforcement professional who has done a tremendous job while serving as chief on an interim basis.

Several City Council members also welcomed the choice.

Councilman Michael Nowakowski, chair of the council's public safety and veterans subcommittee, said Yahner has a track record of working with residents, community organizations and city departments to solve problems.

Joe Clure, president of the police officers' union, said the appointment of Yahner would provide "some stability and some calmness."

Yahner has said the police department needs to improve officer training, investigative follow-up and police presence on the streets.

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has appointed acting Police Chief Joe Yahner to fill the position permanently.

City officials announced Zuercher's decision Wednesday.

Yahner is a Phoenix native and a 30-year veteran of the Police Department. He has been acting chief since December following the firing of his predecessor, Daniel Garcia.

Yahner also previously served as acting chief before Garcia was hired om 2012.

Zuercher said Yahner did well in leading the department through the Super Bowl, working closely with Phoenix Fire and Emergency Management as well as nearly every city department.

Garcia's tenure was marked by clashes with the police officers' union. Zuercher fired him for insubordination after he defied an order by Zuercher and held a news conference to criticize his critics.

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Sources: Yahner to be appointed Phoenix police chief

PHOENIX -- City officials are expected to announce the appointment of Joe Yahner as the new chief of the Phoenix Police Department.

Yahner stepped in as acting chief after the city fired Daniel Garcia in December.

His reign will likely be short-lived. He's set to retire in 2016.

According to the city's website, Yahner was born and raised in Phoenix and has been with the Phoenix Police Department for approximately 30 years. 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 the Light Rail.

On June 1, 2009, Yahner was promoted to the executive assistant chief.

From March 3, 2011, through May 13, 2012, he served as acting police chief.