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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2008 8:17 pm | Updated: 9:17 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Michael Gannon, who served as Scottsdale's second chief of police from 1982 to 1988, has died, former Scottsdale Mayor William Jenkins said Monday. He was 84.

Former police chief Michael Gannon dies

Michael Gannon, who served as Scottsdale's second chief of police from 1982 to 1988, has died, former Scottsdale Mayor William Jenkins said Monday. He was 84.

Gannon, who died Saturday, was a 20-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, according to the Tribune's predecessor, the Scottsdale Daily Progress.

Gannon joined the Scottsdale force in 1966 as a lieutenant.

He had risen to the rank of major by 1982 when he was appointed, first as acting chief, then as chief, the Progress reported. Gannon succeeded Walter Nemetz, the city's first police chief.

Jenkins said he learned of Gannon's death on Sunday from members of the Military Officers Association of America, an organization to which both men belonged. Jenkins, who was Scottsdale's mayor from 1976 to 1980, is a U.S. Navy veteran.

Gannon was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, the Progress reported.

Private services are planned.

Workshop focuses on impact of meth use

The impact of methamphetamine use on families and businesses will be the topic of a workshop Thursday sponsored by the Northeast Valley Coalition Against Methamphetamine.

The event begins with a light breakfast served at 8 a.m., followed by the workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Fort McDowell Public Safety Building's EOC Room, 10755 N. Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.

The workshop will feature speakers who have had family members addicted to meth who will tell the consequences for their family and community. A presentation by representatives of the Organized Retail Crime Association will also take place.

For information, visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/safety/drugs/meetings/community_workshop_06192008.asp.

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