Tempe names Kenneth McCoy as new police chief

By Greg Hahne
Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 2:30pm

City of Tempe
Kenneth McCoy

Kenneth McCoy will be the next Tempe police chief. 

McCoy comes from Alaska, where he used to serve as the head of the police department in Anchorage.

Currently he serves as chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the nonprofit health care organization Providence in Alaska. 

“I’m honored to be joining the Tempe Police Department as their new chief, and I can’t wait to connect with the community,” McCoy said. “Together, we’ll work to build an even safer, stronger and more united Tempe.”

“Being a good police chief takes law enforcement expertise, management skills, leadership abilities and an abundance of character. Kenneth McCoy has those attributes and many more,” said Andrew Ching, Tempe city manager.

McCoy will begin in Tempe on June 5. 

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