Chief Debora (Debby) Black is currently the Chief of Police for the City of Prescott, Arizona. Prior to her appointment as chief in July 2016, Chief Black was the Chief of Police for the City of Glendale, Arizona. She joined the Glendale Police Department in December of 2006 in the role of Assistant Chief. In that role, she led the Patrol and Support Bureaus, which included overseeing Neighborhood Patrol Services, Training, Personnel Management, Professional Standards, Public Information, Technical Services, and Criminal Investigations. She was promoted to Executive Assistant Police Chief in 2009, served as Interim Police Chief beginning in March of 2012 and was named Police Chief in May of 2013.
Under Chief Black’s leadership, the Glendale Police Department was committed to serving victims, recognized by the IACP’s Excellence in Victim Services Award in 2014. The Glendale Police Department was also routinely in the national spotlight as host of major national sporting events, including the Fiesta Bowl, Super Bowl XLII, Super Bowl XLIX, and the 2015 Pro Bowl, as well as the upcoming 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game.
Prior to joining the Glendale Police Department, Chief Black worked for the Phoenix Police Department. She began her career in 1980 as a patrol officer and worked her way through the ranks ultimately being promoted to Assistant Police Chief in 2000. During her career, Chief Black was awarded the Medal of Valor, three Medals of Lifesaving and two Police Chief’s Unit Awards.
Chief Black is the President of the West Valley Chiefs Association, President of the Board of Directors for the New Life Center, a shelter and service provider for victims of domestic violence, and serves on the EMPACT- Suicide Prevention Center Board of Directors. She also chaired the Governance Sub Committee with the City of Glendale Diversity Committee and in 2008, was recognized by the YWCA Tribute to Women as the Public Service Leader of the Year.
Chief Black earned a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University. She attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government and has earned a Certificate in Legal Studies at Phoenix College. Chief Black is married and has a daughter.