Pima Community College has named Manuel A. “Manny” Amado as Executive Director/Chief of Police of PCC’s Department of Public Safety.
For the past nine months, Amado served in the position in an acting capacity. As chief of PCC’s police department, he will lead 58 full-time employees and 16 part-time employees.
“It is a privilege to serve with the fine men and women of our department,” Amado said. “As chief, it is my goal to see the department become increasingly student- and community-centered, while continuing to provide exemplary service.”
A native Tucsonan, Amado is a 1981 graduate of Pueblo High School. He is an alumnus of PCC and was the first in his family to graduate from college. His father is an electrician for the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe and his mother, an immigrant from Mexico, worked as an office manager before her passing in 2009. Amado began at PCC in 1996 and has worked as Police Commander, Detective Lead, and Lead Officer at Downtown and Northwest campuses.
“Manny is committed to community policing and knows that the safety and security of our students and employees must be a top priority,” Chancellor Lee D. Lambert said in an announcement to the College community. “It is great that the best candidate for the job is someone who already has served PCC ably for many years.”
The appointment is subject to approval of the PCC Governing Board.
Amado is a member of the National Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, PCC’s Behavioral Assessment Committee, and is lead instructor for Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training (AZPOST) in ethics and integrity in law enforcement.
Before working at PCC, he worked at the Pima County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff and traffic and collision investigator, and at the South Tucson Police Department as traffic unit supervisor.
Amado recently received a master’s degree in Education/Human Relations from Northern Arizona University, and has begun work on a doctorate in Organizational Psychology. He also has been a longtime volunteer for the Special Olympics.