City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release:
Goodyear Police Chief Announces Retirement
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (March 14, 2011) – Police Chief Mark Brown has announced that he will retire, effective September 30, 2011, after 24 years of law enforcement work and 21 in Goodyear.
Brown, 49, was named to Goodyear’s top police position in 2003 after rising steadily through the ranks. Beginning his law enforcement career in 1987, he came to Goodyear as a Police Officer in 1990. Brown quickly achieved the rank of Sergeant and then Lieutenant and rose to Police Commander in 1999, a capacity in which he served until being named Chief. Brown also served as Interim Deputy City Manager for a year in 2007/2008.
“We are sorry to see Mark go after 21 years. He has always been a respected and valued employee. We appreciate his achievements and the many successful public safety programs he has put into place during his years as chief that have led to lower crime rates,” stated City Manager John F. Fischbach.
During Brown’s tenure as police chief, the overall crime rate has been reduced substantially despite significant population growth. It is now down to its lowest level in five years, reducing steadily every year since 2006 when there were 53.9 crimes per 1000 population to 31.9/1000 in 2009. 2010 is also trending downward.
Much of the credit for this reduction stems from Brown’s establishment of a Street Crime Unit which has the flexibility of working outside the normal “beat” system and can be rapidly deployed to hotspots of crime and to target specific offenders. Brown embraced the community policing concept of being proactive against crime and enhanced these efforts by establishing the Compstat program. Compstat uses the analysis of crime statistics to not only help pinpoint areas of specific crimes and compare them to activity in previous years, but also to open up the line of communication between crime analysts, command staff, investigations and patrol so that the entire team could work as hard at preventing crimes as they do in responding to them and solving them.
As chief, Brown has been active in developing programs that directly benefit the community. He worked in partnership with Avondale and Buckeye to establish the Southwest Advocacy Center, established the practice of meeting with Goodyear’s faith-based community and school districts, enhanced the Citizen Police Academy and the Teen Police Academy, and developed and negotiated the Sheriff’s Office contract to provide police coverage for the Mobile area.
Currently an adjunct faculty member at Estrella Mountain Community College and formerly at Glendale Community College, Brown also represented all municipal law enforcement agencies in Maricopa County by serving on the Central Regional Advisory Council for homeland security.
“I have enjoyed all my years in Goodyear. I’ve seen it grow from a town of just over 6,000 to a city more than 10 times that size. I feel we have done a good job keeping the crime rate down despite such phenomenal growth. It hasn’t always been easy. The department has had to adjust a lot to such growing pressures and it is the great work of these men and women that the crime rate has been reduced,” stated Brown.
He added, “I appreciate the support I’ve gotten over the years from our elected officials, city management, my department and the regional law enforcement communty. I plan to stay in Goodyear, so I look forward to seeing the Police Department continue to grow in a positive direction.”
A graduate of the Arizona State University, Brown also graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1997.
He and his wife Shari plan to travel extensively, including their annual pilgrimage to San Diego, and enjoy their grandchild.