Marana Police Chief Terry Tometich has finished his assignment with the town.
In July, the town announced Tometich had indicated his plans to leave the position by year’s end. He had been named interim chief May 1, 2008, and was installed as the chief that September.
Marana began a nationwide search for a new chief. In late November, the town offered the chief’s position to longtime community resident Terry Rozema, currently an assistant chief with the Tucson Police Department.
In an e-mail Wednesday, Dec. 1, Tometich said he was “informed” Nov. 29 by human resources director Suzanne Machain that his last day as chief would be Tuesday, Dec. 7, when the Marana Town Council is expected to confirm Rozema’s appointment. Pending confirmation, Rozema would start work after Jan. 1.
“Terry and I had an agreement that when a new chief was announced, he would be leaving,” Town Manager Gilbert Davidson said last week. “It was always stated in that way.”
“It has been an honor to serve the Town of Marana as the police chief, and I want to thank everyone who supported my efforts to move the department in a positive direction,” Tometich said in the e-mail to department members.. “I wish everyone the best in your future with the department and a wonderful holiday season.”
Lt. Paul Ashcraft is the acting chief of police, Tometich said.
Tometich, who had retired from the Arizona Department of Public Safety after 31 years of service in 2005, succeeded Chief Richard Vidaurri, who left the post after votes of no confidence in his performance as well as that of Assistant Chief Barbara Harris.
“When I came here I kept hearing morale was the biggest issue and that the department was not being supported appropriately by the town,” Tometich said in May 2008. “What I found is that the support is at a very high level from town management. The morale, I believe, with some changes will pick up. The morale issue is not as bad as it has been portrayed in the past.”
“At the time of his appointment, Chief Tometich brought much-needed leadership to a police department that faced many challenges,” Davidson said in July. “He has accomplished that mission and the town has benefited from his significant law enforcement experience.”