The Scottsdale Police Department is searching for a new deputy chief.
Raymond Schultz, 44, deputy chief for personnel development and investigative services, accepted an offer last week to become the chief of the Albuquerque Police Department.
Scottsdale investigative services Cmdr. Barry Vassall will serve as acting deputy chief in the interim. April 15 will be Schultz’s last day.
Schultz, who is from Detroit, will return to the agency where he started his law-enforcement career when he was 21 years old.
He originally moved to Albuquerque, N.M., to join the department because officers were being laid off in the Midwest, he said Tuesday.
Schultz will move back to a department that’s in a "crisis," which includes allegations of employee theft in the evidence and property rooms, a deputy chief on administrative leave and internal investigations against members of top management, he said.
Albuquerque Police Chief Gilbert Gallegos retired early last week, and Schultz was offered the position Saturday, Schultz said.
"That’s what makes it exciting," he said. "Everyone is looking forward to change. I know the organization and I can move pretty quickly."
Vassall has worked for Schultz since he arrived at the department in January 2004.
"He’s had a positive impact on (Scottsdale) and we hate to see him go," Vassall said.
"I think it’s his leadership style. He’s well-grounded; he’s not afraid to attack issues and problems," Vassall said.
When the deputy chief position will be filled or how the search will be conducted is undecided, said Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark, a department spokesman.