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Yuma names new police chief

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Yuma Police Department

Yuma has a new police chief.

City officials announced Monday they selected Thomas Garrity from among three candidates in a nationwide search.

Garrity most recently served as Commander in the Prince William County Police Department in Virginia.

He brings more than 32 years of experience.

Garrity will take over for Yuma Police Chief Susan Smith, who has held the post since 2019. Smith served with YPD for 30 years.

Garrity’s first day on the job is set for Jan. 9.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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