San Luis, Arizona, names lieutenant as interim police chief

The border city of San Luis has named a temporary police chief until a permanent pick can be found.

The Yuma Sun reported Friday that Lt. Miguel Alvarez will fill the role.

Alvarez, 43, has been with the San Luis Police Department for 18 years. He also is a criminal justice instructor at Arizona Western College.

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Lt. Miguel Alvarez, 43, will become the interim police chief at Arizona’s San Luis Police Department.

Lt. Miguel Alvarez, 43, will become the interim police chief at Arizona’s San Luis Police Department.

He has not ruled out applying for the job himself.

Chief Richard Jessup, who has been police chief since 2018, is now retired.

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The San Luis City Council recently approved an ordinance that tasks the city administrator with selecting the new police chief. In the past it was the city council who did the hiring.

Mayor Nieves Riedel says the new ordinance is to prevent politics from influencing hiring decisions.

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