Marana Police Chief Richard Vidaurri

The Marana Town Council approved an agreement last week that paves the way for Marana Police Chief Richard Vidaurri to retire on or before the June 30 expiration of his contract with the town.

Vidaurri had been with the department since 1994 and had served as its top official since 2003.

“I am committed to assisting in any way that I can through the transition process to ensure that my successor will be trained prior to my retirement date,” Vidaurri wrote in an April 16 letter to town officials.

As part of Vidaurri’s separation agreement with the town, he agreed to leave his post by June 30 or whenever the town hires his replacement.

Although not yet official, Marana resident Terry Tometich, a retired state policeman, likely will serve as interim chief until Vidaurri’s replacement is found. The town will conduct a nationwide search.

Tometich retired in 2005 from the Arizona Department of Public Safety after 31 years on the job.

The town has approached Tometich for the interim role because of his involvement in the Police Action Review Board and the Rotary Club, Marana Town Manager Mike Reuwsaat said.

The council’s closed-door discussion on Tuesday, April 15, concerned the chief’s resignation, but not the status of Assistant Police Chief Barbara Harris, whom the town placed on paid administrative leave March 11, Reuwsaat said.

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