Community Leader

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1. OV Police Chief Kara Riley

11000 N. La Cañada Drive, (520) 229-4900,

Continually ranking as one of (if not the) safest city in the state is no easy feat. And that means Kara Riley had some mighty shoes to fill when she was voted in as police chief after a high-profile recruitment process. In law enforcement for nearly 30 years, Riley holds a variety of specialties, including SWAT, K-9 and criminal negotiations. Needless to say, townsfolk believe the department made the right call, as Riley continues to serve as a leader for our wonderful northwest community.

2. Former Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier

3. Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos

First Responder Agency

1. Golder Ranch Fire District

3885 East Golder Ranch Drive, (520) 825-9001,

The 2020 fire season was a trying time for our entire community, but the Golder Ranch Fire District protected their side of town with the same effort and professionalism as always. More than another utility, Golder Ranch is a real part of the community thanks to its public events, CPR classes and variety of fire and injury prevention programs for local schools.

2. Northwest Fire Department

3. Sheriff Department

Nonprofit Organization

1. Golden Goose

15970 N. Oracle Road, (520) 825-9101,

A familiar name on

Best of the Northwest, it’s no wonder our readers love this locally run thrift shop. From their inception, Golden Goose has made their mission about supporting those less fortunate. SaddleBrooke Community Outreach and Impact of Southern Arizona are co-beneficiaries of the Golden Goose Thrift Shop, and over the years the shop has raised more than $10 million for charities in our community

2. Treasures 4 Teachers

3. Southern Arizona Community Food Bank

Religious Organization/Congregation

1. St. Mark’s United Methodist

1431 W Magee Road, (520) 297-2062,

With a motto of “Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors,” St. Marks welcomes all and serves as a resource for the com- munity: their volunteers work with Habitat for Humanity, the Community Food Bank, Heartworks, Primavera Foundation, and their Handy Hands Ministry volunteers provide services for others in the congregation.

2. Santa Catalina Church

3. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (SEAS)


1. Leman Academy

7720 N. Silverbell Road (multiple locations), (520) 639-8080,

Leman Academy charter schools emphasize “excellence” with their focus on classical education: grammar, logic and rhetoric in or- der to prepare children for the future. Combine this with their offerings in all the classic school subjects, as well as music, Spanish, public speaking, and you have students worthy of being called scholars

2. Marana Unified School District

3. Ironwood Ridge


1. Deb Larned

Marana Unified School District, 11279 W. Grier Road, (520) 682-3243,

Congratulations to Deb Larned for being voted as the best teacher in the Northwest! Deb is a second-grade teacher at Coyote Trail Elementary, and has worked with Marana Unified School District for nearly 40 years. A proud supporter of public education, Larned attended Willcox High School before studying at the University of Arizona. Beyond her work in the classroom, Larned has also served as a chair in the Marana Education Association.

2. Veronica Haro

3. Chris Yetman

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