Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead Announces Department Reorganization

May 16, 2011

Chief Milstead announced organizational changes today, including the promotion of two new assistant police chiefs. Commander Kathy Kirkham and Commander Heston Silbert have been promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief.

Commander Kirkham has been with the department 18 years. She will oversee the Investigations Bureau.  Commander Silbert has been with the department for six months. He recently retired from the Phoenix Police Department after 22 years. He will oversee the Operations Bureau. Assistant Chief Michael Dvorak will be assigned to the rank of Deputy Chief, overseeing Forensic Services and Homeland Defense.

Command-level management has been reduced by these organizational changes. The moves were prompted by the retirements of two command staff members over the past six months. "This decision was difficult, but based on my observations of the operations of the Mesa Police Department over the last 14 months, my approach was to lean down upper management at the police department while maintaining critical staffing levels for our front line officers," stated Chief Milstead. "This is about cost saving and efficiency."



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