Sherry Kiyler, a Phoenix Police Department commander, could be Chandler’s next police chief. "She's our first choice," acting City Manager Pat McDermott said Wednesday.
"The important thing was that during the interview process everyone seemed to feel very comfortable with her."
Kiyler, 53, of Tempe, has been with the Phoenix police for 30 years. She is a commander in the Violent Crimes Bureau, overseeing 130 employees, and is an adjunct faculty instructor at the University of Phoenix in the criminal justice program.
"It sounds like a simple answer, but I like Chandler," Kiyler said. "It's a growing community and has everything, but it's small enough that I think you can really get your hands around the organization and be involved in the community. The smaller organization just really attracts me."
Kiyler's supervisor, Mike Frazier, assistant chief in Phoenix police investigations division, said she is a “fantastic employee.” "She's one that takes care of business and knows the technical side of the job,” he said. “She is a very caring person who will listen to her employees and takes what they have to say into account. That makes her very effective and popular. It's going to be our loss for sure. I think the people of Chandler will be very, very pleased once she gets over there and gets her feet wet. She's going to be an excellent chief."
McDermott said that before Kiyler is offered the position, the city plans to fill the vacant city manager's position. The new city manager will make the final decision on hiring the police chief. Chandler's City Council has said it wants to have the manager's position filled by end of year.
Other police chief candidates include William Carcara of Louisville, Ky.; Scott Folsom of Salt Lake City; Robert Lehner of Tucson; Glenn Miller of New Jersey State Police and Charles Tubbs of Beloit, Wis.