YUMA, AZ – The City of Yuma, Arizona has selected Thomas Garrity as the new Chief of Police, bringing his 32 years of service in law enforcement and public safety to the border community.
Garrity is a former Commander of the Prince William County, Virginia Police Department. In addition, he has served at Natural de Paxinos (Pennsylvania) and is a veteran of the United States Army.
Garrity holds a Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University and a Master of Public Administration degree from National University. He is also a graduate of L.E.A.D. training at the University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service; the Senior Management Institute for Law Enforcement; and the FBI National Academy, and has completed crisis intervention training.
His experience includes a wide variety of roles. Some of his most notable projects include being part of his county’s first community policing project, leading an internal team and collaborating with local stakeholders to plan and build a new police district, and serving as the lead detective for his county’s investigation and prosecution of the “D.C. Sniper” case.
“There are no words to express how honored and humbled I am to have been chosen as Yuma’s Chief of Police. The women and men of this department are dedicated to partnering with the community to make Yuma a great place to work, live and play,” stated Garrity.
Garrity will now succeed Chief Susan Smith, who announced her plans to retire at the end of January 2023. Smith has served with YPD for 30 years and has been YPD chief since 2019.
“I am extremely impressed with Tom and his more than 30 years of professional police experience. I truly believe he is up to the challenge and will be a great leader for the men and women of the police department,” said Interim City Manager Jay Simonton.
The City conducted a nationwide search for Smith’s replacement. Garrity’s first day is currently set for January 9, 2023.