Marana Police Chief Terry Tometich has finished his assignment with the town.

In July, Tometich, named interim chief May 1, 2008 and installed as the chief that September, had indicated his plans to resign by year’s end. Marana began a nationwide search for a new chief.

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 this Tuesday, Dec. 7, when the Marana Town Council is expected to confirm the appointment of Terry Rozema as its new chief.

Tometich is using vacation time through that date.

“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. “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,” Town Manager Gilbert Davidson said when Tometich announced his plans to leave. “He has accomplished that mission and the town has benefited from his significant law enforcement experience.”

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