Hayden hires new police chief

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Justice of the Peace Larry Bravo swears in new Hayden Police Chief Louie Tartaglia as Hayden Councilwoman Maria Munoz looks on. Mila Besich Lira | CBN

Copper Basin News

The Hayden Town Council voted unanimously last week during a special meeting to hire Louie Tartaglia as the new police chief for Hayden. Mayor Bracamonte from the Town of Winkelman was also present for the meeting, as Winkelman contracts with Hayden for police services. Judge Larry Bravo swore Tartaglia in following the vote.

Tartaglia comes to Hayden with 21 years of law enforcement experience, he will be leaving his position as the Deputy Sheriff of Cochise County where he has served since 2009. He has worked in the patrol and investigations division and has experience in SWAT, border interdiction, narcotics general crimes, accident investigations, and gang investigations. He is trained to be an instructor as well as train other trainers. His career resume shows his involvement in the communities that he has served, including serving as a governing board member for the Douglas Unified School District.

Tartaglia is an Arizona native; he was born in Morenci and raised in the small farming community of Solomonville, Arizona. He graduated from Safford High School. His career experience also includes being a certified high school teacher as well being an investigator for the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Tartaglia and his wife of 21 years Virginia plan on residing in the area. He will officially begin his role on April 1, 2014. The Town of Hayden utilized chief selection services from the Ak-Chin Indian Community Police Department. There were over 40 applicant for the position; the services from Ak-Chin helped conducted the interviews including conducting the oral board interviews.

Mila Besich-Lira (104 Posts)

Mila Besich-Lira is a resident of Superior with two children. She volunteers for many local organizations. She is an experienced fundraiser and event planner for Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition. She covers some of the area town councils and schools.


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