Steve Stahl, Chief
Steve Stahl has served as the Chief of Police for the City of Maricopa since October of 2011, first serving as Interim Chief. He accepted the Chief of Police position in February of 2012. Chief Stahl came to Maricopa PD from the City of Mesa, where he spent 24 ½ years and was promoted to Commander there in 2007. During his career in Mesa, his areas of Command included: two Police Districts, SWAT, Gang Enforcement, Training, Communications, Hiring, the Crime Lab, Holding Facility and Animal Control. These assignments provided him experience working with civilian and sworn employees, direct exposure to residents, community groups, business leaders and educational institutions.
Chief Stahl has led the police department through two external audits, accepting the challenge to bring a new level of professional crime-fighting. A reorganization of the department and the hiring of a Public Affairs Specialist have brought greater internal communication and community outreach. New programs have been brought to the police department during his tenure. Accountability measurements through Compstat, transparency with CrimeReports.com, monthly “Coffee with the Chief” citizen meetings, Public Safety Citizen Academy and a regional radio communication partnership are just a few examples of those new programs.
Chief Stahl holds a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on Counseling. He recently graduated from the FBI National Academy and also a graduated from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Police Staff and Command in 2007. Steve recently made his home in Maricopa with his wife Liz and has 2 adult daughters who live in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
Chief Stahl’s memberships include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, and the National Tactical Officers Association. He has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Maricopa Community College for more than 15 years and is a facilitator for IACP/AZ POST Leadership in Police Organizations. He has received recognition for his work with the National Children’s Alliance, Western Region Child & Family Advocacy Network and as the first President of the Arizona Child and Family Advocacy Network.
Chief Stahl has had great success with his community policing philosophy. “I believe there are many facets to the concept Community Policing. In its most simplistic terms, it is Police Officers getting out of their vehicles and talking to citizens, business owners and commuters through our city. We must ask our citizens what they desire from their police department and make every attempt to meet those demands. Crime-fighting strategies work best when citizens and their police officers work together toward crime prevention and when necessary, criminal apprehension.”
“I am proud of the exceptional men and women who make the Maricopa Police Department; who serve with passion and loyalty to the residents of Maricopa. Working together with the residents and business owners, we are making the City of Maricopa a very safe place to live, work and play.”