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Five Finalists Named for Police Chief

Five finalists have been invited to in-person interviews for the job of Chief of the Flagstaff Police Department.  The City of Flagstaff received 52 applications and conducted phone interviews with 15 candidates prior to selecting the six finalists, one who asked to be removed from consideration. The finalists include:

Matthew Hamner is currently employed as Major-Chief’s Executive Officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana. He has worked for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department since 1990 when be began his career as a Patrol Officer moving up in rank to what is equivalent to an Assistant Chief of Police. He is nearing completion of a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Indiana University.


Daniel Hughes served as the Chief of Police for the Surprise Police Department in Arizona from 2002 to 2010. Prior to Surprise, he worked for 24 year for the Springfield Police Department in Illinois, moving up the ranks to Assistant Chief of Police. Hughes is currently teaching in the Master’s Program at Webster University, Luke Air Force Base. He earned his Master’s Degree from Western Illinois University in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.


Ken Koch served as the Interim Deputy Chief of the Flagstaff Police Department. Koch started his career with the Flagstaff Police Department in 1989. He has been promoted throughout his career from Police Officer to Interim Deputy Chief. Prior to Flagstaff,  Koch served in the United State Air Force for five years and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1989. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University in 2000.


Kevin Treadway is the Acting Chief of Police of the Flagstaff Police Department. He began his Flagstaff Police Department career in 1987 as a Patrol Officer and worked his way to Deputy Chief of Police in 2006 and then Acting Chief in 2011. Treadway earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2003.


Blair Ulring worked for 28 years for the Stockton Police Department in California. He retired in February having served from an entry level Police Officer position promoting his way up to Chief of Police of the Stockton Police Department.  Ulring holds a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement Management from La Salle University.

All six finalists will be in Flagstaff for an extensive three-day interview process, including an informal reception where the public is invited to meet the candidates and offer their feedback through comment cards. The public gathering will take place on Thursday, May 10th from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Flagstaff City Hall Council Chambers.

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