Marana’s new police chief is a longtime resident of the community who has served as assistant chief of the Tucson Police Department.

Terry Rozema was offered the position Nov. 24 by Town Manager Gilbert Davidson. The offer is contingent upon Rozema passing standard background checks and town council confirmation. The council is expected to confirm the appointment at its Tuesday, Dec. 7 meeting.

“I am truly grateful, honored and humbled by the invitation to become Marana’s new chief of police,” Rozema said in a Marana news release.

“The Marana Police Department is a strong organization filled with many men and women who serve our community with excellence and I look forward with great anticipation to working with each and every one of them to provide our residents with unparalleled service.”

Rozema has been with the Tucson Police Department since 1987.

He serves as assistant chief over the support services division, which includes SWAT, traffic and communications among its functions. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Michigan.

Rozema replaces outgoing Chief Terry Tometich who was hired in April 2008.

“Our police department will continue its outstanding work under Terry’s leadership,” Davidson said. “His experience in the field and his knowledge of the region will be tremendous assets.”

There were 93 applicants for the position. The field was narrowed to six finalists, then three.

If confirmed, Rozema would start the new job Jan. 3 following completion of training at the FBI National Academy on Dec. 10.

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