Command Changes and Promotions

As we approach a new era of our organization, it is critical that our leadership aligns with our priorities. ln keeping with this vision, I am making the following Command Staff announcements.

I sincerely appreciate the contribution of Marc Garth Green
stepping into the role of Deputy Chief. However, we have agreed that it is best
for the organization that he return to his civil service rank of Lieutenant. I
sincerely appreciate his contributions to our department, our officers and our

ln recognition of the heightened presence, importance and
demand for resources at more than 300 special events and demonstrations each
year, we are bringing back the Homeland Security Bureau. Assistant Chief Eric
Greening will assume the role of Assistant Chief of that bureau. Assistant
Chief Steve Hirjak will continue serving as Assistant Chief of Special

With these changes, I am pleased to announce the promotion
of two members of our department.

Captain Tom Mahaffey will assume the role of Assistant Chief
of Patrol Operations. Assistant Chief Mahaffey has served our city for 27
years, most recently as West Precinct Captain, where he worked diligently with
our community, businesses and city leadership to address some of the most
critical issues in one of our busiest precincts.

Lieutenant Matt Allen is being promoted to Captain, and will
lead the West Precinct. Captain Allen has held various positions in his 28
years with the Department. His assignments include Patrol Operations at our
North, East and South Precincts, SWAT, and most recently, Crisis Intervention
Team Commander. Captain Allen has experience working across the Department and
with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on various complex
projects, and has been instrumental in devising changes to our Crisis
Intervention policy.

The role of Deputy Chief will remain vacant until further

These changes are effective immediately.

We have worked incredibly hard to get to where we are today. I am confident that this excellent work will continue, and that we will move ahead with our culture of continuous improvement and innovation.


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