Paradise Valley Police Chief Peter Wingert now on the job

Paradise Valley Police Chief Peter Wingert, right, is sworn-in Monday, June 29 by Presiding Municipal Judge Ty Taber.  (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

Paradise Valley Police Chief Peter Wingert, right, is sworn-in Monday, June 29 by Presiding Municipal Judge Ty Taber. (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

Paradise Valley Police Chief Peter Wingert is officially on the job.

Local dignitaries, elected leaders and law enforcement officials gathered Monday, June 29 at the Paradise Valley Police Department, 6433 E. Lincoln Drive, as presiding Municipal Judge Ty Taber swore Chief Wingert into service and assigned the top cop to the standards of the town’s code of ethics.

“I am very fortunate,” Chief Wingert said following the ceremony. “This is a very important opportunity for me and an important day for Paradise Valley. I look forward to working with all of you in the future.”

Chief Wingert most recently served as police chief for the Town of Wikenburg and previous to that post he was undersherrif of Flathead County, Montana Sheriff’s Office.

According to town officials, Chief Wingert has implemented numerous community oriented policing programs, which include “Wickenburg Five-0,” where officers interact with students in a proactive environment in neighborhood classrooms to build positive relationships and serve as role models to those students, neighborhood speed patrol.

Chief Wingert earned a bachelor’s of general studies from Northern Arizona State University, according to the release.

Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins offered a few remarks of what persuaded council to pursue Chief Wingert for the position.

“We were fascinated about how much he knew about community policing,” he recalled of a road trip he took with then-Mayor Scott LeMarr and Councilwoman Mary Hamway last year when conducting interviews for a new town manager.

“Wow, he would be a great chief wouldn’t he,” he reminisced of his comment to Councilwoman Hamway on the ride home. “We are lucky and we know it. We are excited for the future.”

Paradise Valley Town Manager Kevin Burke, in a prepared statement, says Chief Wingert is the best fit for the department and the Town of Paradise Valley.

“He brings an excellent track record of community policing and organizational skills to the table. Paradise Valley, like all police departments across the country, face a new reality in how law enforcement work is conducted,” he said. “Chief Wingert has the ability to pick apart a problem, identify the root causes, and build custom solutions.  I think this will serve Paradise Valley well as we tackle ever new challenges internal to the department and external to the community.”

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Mayor Collins presented Paradise Valley Police Lt. Mike Cole with a “Challenge Coin” recognizing Lt. Cole’s service as interim police chief and spearheading the department’s extensive, ongoing technological overhaul.

Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins, right, presents Police Lt. Michael Cole with a "Challenge Coin." (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins, right, presents Police Lt. Mike Cole with a “Challenge Coin.” (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

Northeast Valley Managing Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at tthornton@newszap.com

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