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Mesa Police Department Command Staff

 

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Chief Ken Cost

Police Chief Ken Cost has been with the Mesa Police Department for nearly 25 years. Prior to joining the Mesa Police Department, he was a sworn investigator for almost two years with the State of California in East Los Angeles.

Chief Cost has served in several areas of the department and in every rank leading up to assistant chief. These assignments include: Patrol, Bicycle Unit, Special Investigations-Gang Unit, Community Action Team, Street Crimes, Violent Offender-US Marshal’s Task Force and Criminal Investigations (Homicide, Financial Crimes, and Recovered Property). As a Commander his assignments included Fiesta Patrol, Human Resources and Training.

Chief Cost holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University at Fullerton and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for Police Executives.

Chief Cost is very active in the community and volunteers numerous hours throughout the year coaching and mentoring youth.

PoliceChief@MesaAZ.gov

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Assistant Chief Lee Rankin 

Lee Rankin is a twenty-four-year veteran with the Mesa Police Department. He is currently assigned as the Executive Assistant Chief. He is responsible for the oversite of Professional Standards investigations. Provides leadership in the formulation of policy and practice related to organizational conduct, discipline, training and administrative investigations. He directs the activities of the department’s Use of Force Review Board. Oversees the department’s financial services operations, as well as all fleet related requirements and capital improvement projects. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of the department’s strategic plan. Prior to this assignment, Lee served as the Executive Commander and reported directly to the Chief of Police, which enabled the Chief to effectively work with internal and external stakeholders. As the Executive Commander he had an intimate understanding of the Chief's vision and played a pivotal role in the communication and execution of the vision.

Lee was instrumental in the execution of the department’s on-body camera system program. He was responsible for the supervision and implementation of a year-long evaluation of the Axon Flex camera system to determine the impact on civil liability, departmental complaints and organizational transparency. He established a partnership with the Arizona State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to plan, monitor and evaluate the deployment of the camera systems using line officer surveys and field contact reports.

Lee also served as the Budget and Finance Lieutenant responsible for overseeing and coordinating the budgeting and fiscal planning for the department. He also served as the Communications Lieutenant and exercised management of the emergency 9-1-1 and dispatching services, for both police and fire, for five Arizona agencies with an annual call volume 1.1 million calls.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

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Assistant Chief Dan Butler 

Dan has worked for the Mesa Police Department for twenty years and is the Administrative Bureau Assistant Chief. This bureau encompasses a broad cross-section of the department incorporating over 400 members, to includes the following six divisions: Financial Services, Training and Wellness, Human Resources, Technical Services, Communications and Holding, and Community Engagement.

During his time as a member of the command staff and now as an assistant chief, Dan has been a driver in innovation, employee development, and creating lasting programs. During the last five years, Dan and his team streamlined human resources processes resulting in increased historic level hires from a diverse community, created layers of employee development, and designing a department-wide “Power Hour.” He and his team also lead a collaborative effort to develop leadership pathways for officers by partnering with the Maricopa County College District to create a foundational leadership program.

Dan is an established mentor with law enforcement professionals from not only the Mesa Police Department but also those from other agencies in Arizona, to enrich people to achieve their leadership and career goals. Recently, Dan spearheaded a women’s leadership pathways quarterly luncheon series. This series allows mentorship for women in the law enforcement field and features a quarterly guest speaker who has reached a pinnacle of leadership in her respective profession.

Dan has a Master of Administration degree from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis on leadership and is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, and Northwestern University’s School of Command and Management.

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Acting Assistant Chief Ed Wessing

Acting Assistant Chief Wessing has been with the Mesa Police Department for 23 years. Prior to joining the Mesa Police Department, he served in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years. His current position represents the Chief of Police, as needed, on various boards and commissions and provides liaison duties with other City departments, including the City Manager's office and the Mayor and City Council. He is also responsible for overall management of the Communication and Media Relations Office. 

Acting Assistant Chief Wessing has worked in various assignments in every rank in the Mesa Police Department. These assignments include: Patrol, Bicycle Unit, School Resource Officer, Traffic, Media Relations, Training, Criminal Investigations (Homicide, Financial Crimes, and Recovered Property) and Human Resources (Hiring and Training).

Acting Assistant Chief Wessing has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University and an MBA from Benedictine University. 

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Commander Tony Abalos

Commander Abalos has been with the Mesa Police Department for 28 years. He is currently assigned to the Red Mountain Patrol Division where he oversees 113 sworn officers and 13 professional staff members. The Red Mountain Patrol Division is home to over 150,930 residents and services approximately 39 square miles. In addition to Patrol personnel, the Division has a Criminal Investigations Unit and a Street Crimes Unit, with detectives conducting follow-up investigations and proactive problem-solving. The officers assigned to the Red Mountain Patrol Division answer an average of 5,501 monthly calls for service.

Commander Abalos has served in several areas of the Department and in every rank leading up to Commander. These assignments include: Patrol, Bicycle Unit, Special Investigations-Gang Unit, Special Investigations-Intelligence Unit, Community Action Team, Patrol Operations Gang Enforcement, Aviation, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Organized Crime Section, Professional Services, Special Events and Human Resources.

Commander Abalos holds a Bachelor Degree in Career and Technical Education from Northern Arizona University and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Commander Abalos is active in the community, volunteering many hours throughout the year mentoring young athletes and coaching youth fastpitch softball.

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Commander Michael Beaton

Commander Michael Beaton has been with the Mesa Police Department for 25 years. Currently he is assigned as the Special Operations Division Commander. Special Operations supports the Mesa Police Department through major crime investigations, tactical, apprehension and undercover operations. Special Operations is home to the Major Crimes Section, Violent Offender Task Force, Gang Investigations, Organized Crime, SWAT, K9 and EOD. Task Forces work within these areas comprised of local law enforcement and federal law enforcement from the ATF, FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshalls Service.

Commander Beaton has served in several areas of the department in every rank up to commander. This includes Patrol, Traffic, Special Investigations Gang Unit, FBI Violent Street Gang Task Force, Special Crime Apprehension Team, Tactical Training Unit, and S.W.A.T. - Officer, Team Leader and Executive Officer. He is a member of the departments Mental Health Advisory Board, actively participating with this important area of our community. As a Commander he has held positions as Metro Division Commander and Red Mountain Patrol Commander. Commander Beaton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session-266. 

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Commander Mike Bellows

Commander Mike Bellows is a dedicated Law Enforcement Professional with 27 years of experience. He has been a member of the Mesa Police Department since 1990 and has served in a broad range of assignments across operations, investigations, and administration. He is currently assigned to Human Resources which is responsible for Recruiting, Hiring, Basic Training, Advanced Officer Training, Employee Wellness, Off Duty Employment, and Employee Services.

Commander Bellows assignments have included Patrol, Field Training, Recruit Training, SWAT Operator, Sniper Team Leader, Community Action Team, Traffic, Basic Academy, Inspections, Planning, Compstat, and Operations. He is a member of Mesa Police Department Diversity Team, chairs the Chief’s Community Forum for non-profit organizations and serves with Special Olympics Arizona.

Commander Bellows holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University and is a graduate of the Northwestern University Staff and Command School.

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Commander Jeff Cutler

Jeff Cutler has been with the Mesa Police Department since 1997. He is currently assigned as the Commander of the Superstition Patrol Division. The Division spans more than 70 square miles and is home to 170,000 plus full-time residents. The Superstition Division is comprised of 135 personnel (127 Sworn and 8 professional staff). In addition to patrol personnel, the Division has a Criminal Investigations Unit and Street Crimes Unit, with detectives conducting follow-up investigations and proactive problem-solving for the residents.

During Commander Cutler’s career, he has served in various assignments including; Field Training Officer, Gang Liaison Officer, Bike Officer, and Gang Detective. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2006. During this time, he led several patrol teams and spent 4 years leading the Gang Investigations squad. In 2012, he took over management for the East Valley Gang & Criminal Information Fusion Center a multi-jurisdictional intelligence center promoting inter-agency communications on crime trends. Commander Cutler was promoted to Lieutenant in 2014 where he led the departments Policy and Planning Unit and served as the Operations Lieutenant for the Fiesta Division. Upon promotion to Commander, he served as the Executive Commander in the Office of the Chief of Police. This position oversees Professional Standards and the Policy and Planning Section.

Commander Cutler holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and a Master in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the Police Department, he held leadership positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and Arizona State University. 

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Commander Michael Dvorak

Michael Dvorak has proudly served with the Mesa Police Department for over 32 years. Throughout his career he has been dedicated to the importance of Community Based Policing and has remained committed to partnership-building and problem solving. His cross-functional experience includes field operations, investigations, personnel development, support services, planning, capital improvement initiatives; management of financial resources and extensive community involvement.

As a Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant and Patrol Lieutenant Michael proudly served the community and was the recipient of numerous department commendations, teamwork citations and the Medal of Excellence. He has extensive experience in major criminal investigations to include serving as the Sergeant of the Robbery/Homicide Unit. As a Lieutenant, Michael was selected as the Training Lieutenant responsible for the Police Academy and all advanced training for the department. Michael was promoted to Commander in 2004 and has served in the role of Assistant Chief under four different Mesa Police Chiefs since 2008.

In December 2016, Michael was honored to be selected as the Interim Mesa Police Chief by the City Manager and served in that capacity through July 2017. Throughout his career, Michael has been a strong proponent of advancing the law enforcement profession to include being at the forefront of developing innovative policing strategies, regional partnerships, evidence-based initiatives, organizational accountability and neighborhood-based programs, while leading organizational change and continuous improvement to achieve policing excellence. Michael is a long-time member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Leadership Academy and has earned an Associate Arts Degree; Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies; and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

Michael is currently assigned to oversee and lead the critical operations of the Public Safety Communications Center (114 Professional Staff) and the Holding Facility Operations (45 Professional Staff). These areas include highly trained, talented personnel that provide 24/7 services to the Mesa Police Department and to the Community.

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Police Community Partnership Administrator
Tara Hall

Tara joined the Mesa Police Department in 2002 and had previously worked in Forensic Services as a Crime Scene Unit Supervisor until promoting to the Human Resources Unit in 2012 where she managed the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) and Collegiate Internship program. In 2018, she was promoted to Police Community Partnership Administrator overseeing the operations of the Community Engagement Division including the Youth Development Unit, the Recruitment Unit and Community Programs Unit.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. In 2016, she graduated from the AZPOST Executive Leadership Program and the Mesa Chamber Success Leadership Academy in 2019. She was nominated for Civilian of the Year in 2017 for her dedication to the VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) program.

In the Community, Tara is a member of the Community Engagement Advisory Board with Mesa Community College and is the Department Liaison for the City of Mesa Human Relations Board. She also serves as an advisor for the Arizona Women’s Education and Employment ‘SheLEADS’ professional development training series associated with A New Leaf.

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Commander Thom Intrieri

Commander Thom Intrieri has worked for the Mesa Police Department for the past 23 years. He is currently assigned as the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and the Mesa Family Advocacy Center (MFAC).

The CID/MFAC is comprised of 90 personnel (62 sworn, 28 professional staff). The CID/MFAC includes the following units:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Document Crimes
  • Financial Crimes
  • Homicide
  • Human Exploitation and Trafficking
  • Missing Persons
  • Sex Offender Notification & Tracking
  • Special Victims (crimes against persons)
  • Victim Services

In addition, the Arizona Department of Child Safety has several Office of Child Welfare Investigations (OCWI) investigators embedded at the MFAC.

Commander Intrieri has worked as the Commander previously at the Superstition Patrol Division, the Special Operations Division, and the Fiesta Patrol Division (Interim basis). He was promoted to the rank of Commander in April 2015.

Commander Intrieri has had a successful career in his previous assignments by contributing to the Department and City efforts to provide a safe community through crime reduction and safe streets. As a Lieutenant (promoted 2008), he worked in the following areas;

  • Fiesta Division – Operations Lieutenant
  • Metro Division – Traffic Lieutenant
  • Dobson Division – District Coordinator
  • Superstition Division – Patrol Lieutenant

As a Sergeant (promoted 2001), Commander Intrieri worked as a Patrol Sergeant, Motor Sergeant and Advanced Training Sergeant.

Thom is actively involved in his community and has been the President of a non-profit youth soccer organization since 2009, while serving 6,000 youth each year. Thom earned a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Organizational Leadership and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance/Accounting from Hofstra University (New York). 

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Forensic Services Administrator Kim Meza

Kimberly joined the Mesa Police Department in 2000. She began her career as a Forensic Scientist in the Biology Unit, performing serology, DNA and blood spatter analysis. Kimberly was promoted to Forensic Services Supervisor over the Biology Unit in 2007. In December 2011, she was promoted to Forensic Services Administrator overseeing the operations of the laboratory including the Administrative Business Unit, Biology Unit, Controlled Substances Unit, Crime Scene Unit, Evidence Processing Unit, Fingerprint Identification Unit, Firearms Unit, Laboratory Technician Unit, Latent Print Unit, Photography Unit and Toxicology Unit. She has a M.S. degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven and B.S. degree with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. 

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Commander Gina Nesbit

Commander Gina Nesbit has been with the Mesa Police Department for almost 24 years. She is currently assigned to the Fiesta Patrol Division, which is home to over 100,000 residents and services 15.62 square miles. The Fiesta Division is home to Mesa Community College, the largest community college in the state, Banner Desert Hospital, Cardon Children's Hospital, multiple apartment communities, and 23 schools, including two high schools. The Fiesta Patrol Division is staffed with 129 sworn officers and 14 civilian staff members. The officers assigned to the Fiesta Patrol Division answer an average of 5,700 monthly calls for service.

Commander Nesbit has worked in various assignments in every rank in the Mesa Police Department. These assignments include Patrol, Special Victim’s Unit Detective, Training (Basic Training Academy Sergeant and Training Lieutenant), Central Division Criminal Investigations Sergeant, Mobile Field Force Commander, Traffic Lieutenant, and Metro Resources Commander.

Commander Nesbit has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Administration – Leadership Emphasis.

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Commander Bill Peters

Commander Bill Peters has served with the Mesa Police Department for over 25 years. He is currently oversees the Technical Services Division. Commander Peters has a diverse background in police leadership. In addition to Patrol Division Operations, Commander Peters has directly supervised the Traffic Unit, Organized Crime Bureau, Asset Forfeiture Unit, Air Unit, SWAT, K-9, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Police Operations, Forensic Services Section, Support Services Section and Criminal Investigations Division. A former motor, Commander Peters has an extensive background in drug and alcohol DUI enforcement and education. He is a subject matter expert for the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program and continues to work closely with Federal, State and Local agencies to improve traffic safety.

Commander Peters holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University, a Master Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor Degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, session 230, and a member of the International Association of Chief’s of Police DRE Subcommittee.

Commander Peters is the President of the Arizona Chapter of the FBI National Academy Association and past President of the Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club.

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Commander Ruben Quesada

Commander Ruben Quesada has been with the Mesa Police Department for nearly 25 years. Prior to joining the Mesa Police Department, he was a sworn reserve police officer with the Glendale, Arizona Police Department, and a volunteer intern at the Flagstaff, Arizona Police Department..

Commander Quesada has served in several areas of the department in various ranks leading to his appointment to Commander. These assignments include: Narcotics Detective, Media Relations, Criminal Investigations Division, Mesa Family Advocacy Center, Street Crimes, Gang Unit, Superstition Division Operations Lieutenant, Internal Affairs, and Human Resources. Currently, he is the Central Patrol Division Commander and the chairperson for the MPD Hispanic Community Forum.

Commander Quesada has a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctorate in Education from Grand Canyon University. His area of research and dissertation involves Latino self-identity, the police organizational culture, and the use of the Spanish language. Commander Quesada is an adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Benedictine University at Mesa. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Commander Quesada is very active in the community and is a board member of the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens (MAHC) and the Mesa United Way. He is also a member of East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (EVHCC), the International Hispanic Network, the Arizona National Latino Police Officer's Association, and the American Society of Evidence Based Policing.

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Staff Attorney Nancy Sorensen

Nancy Sorensen currently serves as the Staff Attorney for the Chief of Police and Executive staff and oversees Internal Affairs and the Legal Advisor.

Nancy was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan and Valparaiso University School of Law in Valparaiso, Indiana.

From 1984 through 1994 Nancy served as a Magistrate at the 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where she was responsible for presiding over misdemeanor and felony arraignments, bond hearings, probation violation hearings, sentencing on misdemeanor crimes as permitted by statute, small claims trials (civil trials under $1500.00) and conducted marriage ceremonies.

From 1994 through 1999 Nancy served as the managing attorney over the City of Detroit’s Criminal Prosecution Section where she was responsible for overseeing a staff of 21 prosecuting attorneys and clerical staff in addition to approximately 100,000 criminal prosecutions a year to include environmental offenses, narcotics offenses, and vice offenses.

From 2000 through 2007 Nancy served as managing attorney over the City of Detroit’s Police Misconduct Section and the Labor and Employment Section, where she was responsible for managing a staff of attorneys and clerical staff in addition to providing counsel, advice, and representation to Detroit’s Police Chief, to the Detroit Police Internal Affairs Section, and all City Departments in State and Federal Court and State appellate court on litigation concerning sexual harassment, first amendment, whistleblowers, etc. 

 

Commander Tim Walker

Commander Tim Walker has been with the Mesa Police Department for almost 22 years. He is currently assigned to the Red Mountain Patrol Division where he oversees 124 sworn and professional staff members. The Red Mountain Patrol Division is home to Falcon Field Airport and The Boeing Company. It serves 150,930 residents over approximately 39 square miles. Red Mountain Patrol Division believes in working with the community, relentlessly fighting crime, and constant professionalism.

Commander Tim Walker has served in several areas of the department and in every rank leading up to commander. These assignments include: Patrol, School Resource Officer, SWAT Team, Criminal Investigations, Support Services, Advanced Training, and Tactical Team Lieutenant. Tim has a Master of Administration degree from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis on leadership and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Arizona State University. Tim is active in the community and volunteers numerous hours throughout the year mentoring youth.

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Fiscal Manager Krisa York

Krisa York is the Mesa Police Department’s Fiscal Manager. She has been with the Police Department for 20 years and in the capacity of Fiscal Manager for seven years. Krisa is an Arizona native and graduate from the University of Arizona. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Financial Forensics. She joined the department as the Economic Crime Investigator where she spent over twelve years providing technical financially related investigative support to various units within the Police Department and to outside agencies.

In her role as Fiscal Manager, Krisa supervises a staff of 12. The Mesa Police Department’s Fiscal unit is tasked primarily with preparing and overseeing a budget of $198M, the successful coordination and processing of all department purchases, the department’s fleet, oversight and monitoring of over 60 grants and task forces annually, and the monitoring of the anti-racketeering fund. The Financial Services Division additionally handles the police department's Employee Services functions, including Transitional Duty and Human Resource Management. Prior to joining the Mesa Police Department, Krisa spent twelve years in Public Accounting specializing in litigation support, and governmental and not for profit audits.