The future of law enforcement in Mesa arrives tonight, when the City Council is expected to confirm George Gascón as police chief.
Gascón, the Los Angeles Police Department’s thirdranking officer, beat out four other candidates and was named as City Manager Chris Brady’s pick on June 26. But it’s up to the council to officially approve Gascón for the job, which carries an annual pay of $170,000.
Gascón would begin work as Mesa’s top cop on Aug. 7.
The 52-year-old Gascón currently serves as assistant chief for LAPD, directing the operations of the 9,000-officer force. He began working as an officer in 1978, but took a lengthy break to work in the private sector while continuing service as a police reserve. Gascón returned to law enforcement full time in 1987.
Gascón is married with two college-age daughters.
Mesa City Council
Where: City Council chambers (lower level), 57 E. First St.
When: 5:45 p.m. today