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Phoenix Unions Call for No Confidence Vote Against Chief After Former Officer's Suicide

November 17, 2014  | 

Phoenix police unions on Monday announced a joint vote of "no confidence" for Phoenix Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia, an uncommon recourse spurred by the suicide of a former officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Officials from the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association and the Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association told AZCentral.com the death of former Officer Craig Tiger was symptomatic of a larger pattern of low morale among rank-and-file officers and a culture of "tyrannical" leadership by Garcia.

Garcia issued a statement in response to the vote that said the circumstances surrounding Tiger's death were extremely unfortunate.

The unions will collect votes from their members throughout the next month and plan to present their findings to City Manager Ed Zuercher.

The Phoenix police chief's employment is at the discretion of the city manager, who reports to the City Council.


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JoJo @ 11/17/2014 3:51 PM

Shame on the union to blame this on the Chief. No matter how bad a Chief how much control does he have over an officer in a department that size. How pathetic.

kevCopAz @ 11/17/2014 9:28 PM

JoJo: You do not have the facts here. This incident was another example of the heavy handed, uncaring way that this Chief has run the department since he arrived here. He lies to his own staff, sits face to face with Union reps, tells them one thing and goes directly out and does the opposite. He is a power hungry megalomaniac that has single handedly ruined a very fine PD. I for one retired early just to escape his lack of leadership and his "we did it this way in Dallas" mentality. (WE AINT DALLS!) He has eliminated very productive units, allowed our department to be 500 officers short and has driven a wedge between officers and supervisors. He has done ZERO to improve the department. hundreds have retired to escape! He has eliminated officers rights, bypassed departmental review board system and takes NO advice from any other source then his own opinion. He is truly a poor excuse for a leader and does not deserve to be in the position that he is in. Even the Dallas PD union were

David @ 11/18/2014 2:40 AM

Nobody can force a person to end there life it's a personal disision

Bryan @ 11/18/2014 6:12 AM

Looks like they need to reevaluate this chief to make sure he is the right guy for the job. If I were on council I would think twice. Just because it works in Dallas doesn't mean it will work in Phoenix. High turn over isn't good!!

Trigger @ 11/18/2014 8:10 AM

David you are correct the final decision to end ones life is the person however when the bottom falls out and the support system that you "knew" was going to be there to support you closes the door, when you are called a criminal when you were begging for help and the door was slammed in your face. For those of us in the profession that have dealt with or are dealing with PTSD sometimes it is very difficult to find the help we need when those we hoping to help us turn their backs. You need to read the book not just the cover before you make a statement like you did.

John @ 11/18/2014 9:44 AM

Must be a Dallas PD thing, we had a Chief out of Dallas that exhibited the same management style. Eventually he was sent on down the road to wreak havoc on a Florida PD.

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