After more than four months on the job, Terry Tometich was named by town officials last week as Marana’s new police chief.
He had been serving in an interim capacity.
The town council unanimously approved the appointment at the Sept. 16 council meeting.
Tometich was named interim police chief in April, following the retirement of Chief Richard Vidaurri, who went on to become deputy police chief in South Tucson.
Among the new chief’s plans is an increase in enforcement and restructuring the department.
“The biggest thing is I wanted to create an atmosphere where the officers wanted to actually work,” Tometich said.
Before his arrival, a pair of department surveys pointed to low morale as a key problem.
Tometich has already changed the nature of the shifts — from four, 10-hour shifts to five, 8-hour shifts — to allow for more officers on the street and more opportunities for backup.
A new commander position has also been created to oversee the Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Department.
“In the future, I want to create a commander/manager side for records and training,” he said.
The new chief oversees a department of 83 sworn officers. There are currently nine vacancies, which Tometich hopes to fill with a graduate from the police academy next month and another five from future classes. He’ll have to look outside the department to fill the remaining positions.
“One of the things we’re working on is running various enforcement projects that I don’t think were done in the past,” Tometich said.
These projects would include school zone, construction area and DUI enforcement.