City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Dec. 15, 2011
Goodyear names Geier of Yuma as new chief of police
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Dec. 15, 2011) The city of Goodyear has named Jerry Geier as the Chief of the Goodyear Police Department. Geier is scheduled to officially join Goodyear on Jan. 9, 2012, providing all details are finalized at that time.
Geier was hired from a field of more than 100 applicants and three finalists. A national search for the successful candidate for Goodyear Police Chief was led by The Mercer Group, Inc. Geier has more than 28 years of experience in law enforcement, most recently as Chief of Police in Yuma, Arizona. Before Yuma, Geier was Director for the State of Florida, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. He also served 23 years with other police agencies, including Butler County Sheriff's Office in Ohio, Osceola County Sheriff?s Office in Florida, and Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando, Fla.
Geier earned his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 2005 from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology in 1983 from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Geier's professional memberships include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Buckeye Sheriff's Association, District 5 Regional Domestic Security Task Force, State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association, Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI National Academy Associates.
The comprehensive recruitment and selection process for the new police chief began earlier this year. Following a national search by Mercer Group Inc., several candidates were interviewed before three finalists were named: Jerry Geier from Yuma, Ariz.; Eric Hailey, a commander with the Phoenix Police Department; and Goodyear Interim Police Chief Bill Cusson. The three finalists participated in a Meet-and-Greet event with members of the public, a series of panel interviews, and additional one-on-one interviews.
Bill Cusson stepped up to serve as Interim Police Chief for Goodyear nearly eight months ago, and has led the department and the city through some difficult and challenging times. Committed to restoring integrity to and confidence in the department, Interim Chief Cusson demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills as he addressed serious challenges and implemented critical changes to policy, protocol, procedures and discipline. His efforts have brought fresh perspectives and clear cultural expectations to the department during a time of turmoil. It is with appreciation and sincere thanks that the City of Goodyear acknowledges the contributions of Interim Chief Cusson, who remains a key member of the city's executive team.