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Cheifs of Police--Tucson

Name Title Dates of Service Comments
Jimmy Douglass Constable 1869 Douglass was officer of the Court for Justice of the Peace Charles H. Mayer (photograph in Arizona: Prehistoric-Aboriginal-Pioneer-Modern: Vol. II.
Mayer, the town druggist, was completely innocent of the law. Douglass was a disabled veteran of Gettysburg. He was reportedly a fearless deputy.
John Spring's Arizona. Page 194.
William Morgan   May 17, 1871 -July 14, 1871 Morgan, the first town marshal and served for only two months, and then left Tucson.
Arizoniana, "William Morgan: First village Marshal of Tucson," Vol. 3, No.3 (1962), Pages 47-50.
John Miller Marshal July 24, 1871- January 5, 1873 Arizoniana "John Miller: Pioneer Lawman, "Vol. 4, no.2 (1963), Pages 41-47.
Francis M. Hodges Marshal January 6, 1873 -March 8, 1873  
John S. Thayer Marshal March 13, 1873 -May 8, 1873 Thayer was a former probate judge, July 20th, 1868-?
Francisco Esparza Marshal May 8, 1873- January 4, 1875  
David Davis Marshal January 5,1875 -February 12, 1875  
Francisco Esparza Marshal February 23, 1875- January 3,1876  
Adolph. G. Buttner Marshal/Chief of Police January 4, 1876- February 7, 1877 Buttner was the first Chief of police. In 1878, the office was renamed Marshal and Chief of Police. Arizoniana, "Adolph George Buttner: Tucson's first Chief of Police, Vol. 5, No.2 (1964), Pages 26-31.
Isaac E. Brokaw Chief of Police February 27, 1877- July 16, 1877  
Adolph G. Buttner Chief of Police July 16, I877 -January 6, 1879  
Isaac E. Brokaw Chief of Police January 7, 1879- January 3, 188l  
Adolph G. Buttner Chief of Police January 4, 188l -May 6, 1883  
Nathan B. Appel Chief of Police (Acting) May 7, 1883 -August 6, I883  
Adolph G. Buttner Chief of Police August 6, I883 -January 8, 1884  
Matthew R. Johnson Chief of Police January 9, 1884 -January 5, l885  
Adolph G. Buttner Chief of Police January 6, 1885- November 6, 1885  
William Roche Chief of Police November 7, 1885 -May 18, 1893  
Lucas C. Estrella Chief of Police June 5, 1893 -August 7, 1893  
John P. Zimmerman Chief of Police January 1, 1894 -March 5, 1894  
Robert E. Paul Chief of Police April 5, 1894 -December 31, 1896 For an account of Paul's encounters with Arizona outlaws see: Arizona: The Last Frontier 1956Pages 143, 144, 154,202-207,217,218 and 236.
Sam W. Finley Chief of Police
January 1, 1897 -June 6, 1898
 
George W. Oakes Chief of Police June 1898- December 31, 1898 Man of the West; Reminiscences of George Washington Oakes, 1840-1917.
William H. Taylor Chief of Police January 1, 1899- December 31, 1902  
Joseph S. Hopley Chief of Police January 1, 1903- January 4, 1909  
Nabor Pacheco Chief of Police January 4, 1909- December 31, 1909 Pacheco was a former Pima County Sheriff. (1905-1909.) Arizona, Prehistoric -Aboriginal -Pioneer -Modern Vol. III Pages 88-91.
Patrick Flanagan Chief of Police January 1, 1910- May 12, 1910  
Frank E. Murphy Chief of Police May 28, 1910- December 31, 1910  
Judson Arnold Chief of Police January 1, 1911- December 31, 1912  
 John Rolfing Chief of Police  January 1, 1913 -December 31, 1914 Who’s Who in Arizona Vol. 1, 1913 Pages 801 
 James Cullen  Chief of Police  January 1, 1915- December 31, 1916  
 Esau D. Mills  Chief of Police  January 1, 1917- February 15, 1917  
 Frank T. Bailey  Chief of Police  March 5, 1917 -April 15, 1920  
 Joseph S. Holey  Chief of Police  August 9, 1920- December 31, 1920  
 Dallas S. Ford  Chief of Police January 1, 1921- December 31,1924   
 John E. Dyer  Chief of Police  January 1, 1925- September 6, 1933  During Dyer's tenure (1930), the Civil Service was introduced and the position ceased to be an elective office.
 Christopher A. Wollard  Chief of Police  October 6, 1933- October 22, 1938  Dillnger was captured in Tucson during his tenure.
 Henry L. Hilles  Chief of Police  October 22, 1938- July 3, 1939  Hilles was concurrently the Tucson Fire Chief.
 Don J. Hays  Chief of Police  July 3, 1939- August 13, 1940  
 Harold C. Wheeler  Chief of Police  November 18, 1940- December 11, 1944  
 Jesse F. Ingle  Chief of Police  January 1, 1945 -. September 18, 1945  
 Don J. Hays  Chief of Police  September 22, 1945- January 25, 1957  
  Paul H. Bohardt  Chief of Police  October 10, 1956- June 14, 1957  
 Bernard L. Garmire  Chief of Police  June 15, 1957- June 1, 1969  Also Commissioner of Police.
 
William J. Gilkinson
 Chief of Police  June 1,1969 -Acting, June 15, 1969- Interim, September 30, 1969- July 31, 1981  
 Peter Ronstadt  Chief of Police   November 1, 1981- February 24, 1992  
 Elaine S. Hedke  Chief of Police  March 2, 1992- November 13, 1993  
 Michael R. Ulichny  Chief of Police  November 14, 1993- June 5, 1994  
 Douglas F. Smith  Chief of Police June 6, 1994- - 1998   
 Richard Miranda  Chief of Police  October 6,1998- July 1, 2008  
 Kermit Miller  Chief of Police  July 1, 2008- May 7, 2009  Acting
 Roberto Villasenor  Chief of Police  May 8, 2009-  


 

 In the time period from 1871 to 1930, the Marshal/Chief of Police position was an elected office.  That is why there are many different Marshals/Chiefs of Police.  Also that is why you will see a person serving a few years, off a few years and then back serving.


Source:
This list was compiled by the Tucson Main Library Reference Department, October 20, 1977. It has been updated since then.

 

 

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