Meet Superior Police Chief Mark Nipp

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Mark Nipp is the new Chief of the Superior Police Department. Mila Besich Lira | Sun

Superior Sun

During the March 6 meeting the Superior Town Council voted to hire Mark Nipp, he was sworn in with his wife pinning on his chief badge. Nipp comes to Superior after a long career in law enforcement, he is looking forward to serving in a small town once again.

Mark Nipp began his law enforcement career in 1993 after receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marines. Mark first joined the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and later worked for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the BNSF Railway Police, and the Hemet Police Department.

Chief Nipp has worked a variety of assignments for these agencies to include; resident deputy, SWAT member, K-9 handler, rangemaster, defensive tactics instructor, and Investigations. As a sergeant, Nipp was a watch commander, supervised the school resource officer program, managed a police volunteer unit, and a highly successful police Explorer program. In addition, he has managed a variety of specialized projects for multiple agencies. He retired from the Hemet, California Police Department as a sergeant in 2011 and moved to Arizona. After relocating, Nipp joined the Arizona Corporation Commission, Securities Division.

He joins the Superior Police Department with a commitment to the community and an eye to the future. Chief Nipp sees many opportunities to collaborate with other law enforcement agencies and the community to solve many of the current deficiencies in the department. He would like to implement the Volunteers in Police Service program in Superior. “There are many things that volunteers can help us with,” he said. One of the bigger challenges he is facing at this time is improving the reliability of the vehicle fleet and police equipment. He hopes to find grants and other resources to support the department budget. During his interview with the Superior Sun, Nipp stressed fiscal responsibility and managing the budget to support staffing and equipment for the department.

Chief Nipp is married and has two children. He plans on finding a home in Superior within the next six months.

Mila Besich-Lira (87 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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