South Tucson Gets New Police Chief

South Tucson Gets New Police Chief

South Tucson has a new arrival to it’s public service and safety team.

Tucson native Manuel Amado will bring 28 years of experience in law enforcement to his new role as South Tucson’s Public Safety Director and Police Chief. Officials made the announcement on Tuesday, also sharing that Amado will oversee the city’s fire department. 

Amado’s first day on the job was Sunday, and he will earn a yearly salary of $66,955, according to City Manager Sixto Molina. 

The city of South Tucson, which covers one square mile, has a police department with an annual budget of $1.7 million. It has four civilian employees and 19 commissioned police officers. The city’s fire department has 36 firefighters in total, three of whom work full time and 33 part-timers.

Amado most recently served as director of campus and public safety/emergency manager for Regis University in Denver.

“I look forward to serving my community as public safety director and creating a safe and enjoyable environment for its citizens and visitors, as well as serving the fine men and women of the police and fire departments,” Amado said in a news release.“I also look forward to being a part of city leadership and contributing to the successes of which I have no doubt that South Tucson will accomplish in the coming years.”

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