On Monday, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier announced the selection of his top staff. Napier inherited a bloated top-heavy organization in turmoil.
“To ensure internal and external confidence in the Executive Leadership Team, Sheriff Napier held a competitive process for the selection of Bureau Chief, which included input from department members,” according to a press release. “In addition to the resetting of leadership, Sheriff Napier directed that we undertake a process to reduce the department from a four bureau structure to a three bureau structure. This means one fewer Chief position, flattening the organizational structure and enhancing efficiencies. The end result will be a significant reorganization and possibly the reduction of additional command level positions. The new chiefs will assume their positions on February 19, at which time we also hope to have the reorganization complete.”
Chief Byron Gwaltney, Chief Deanna Johnson, and Chief Karl Woolridge will serve under Napier. Both Gwaltney and Woolridge were popular with deputies due to their “high integrity,” according to a source.
Chief Byron Gwaltney
Byron Gwaltney, a 29-year veteran of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department has served in a variety of assignments and positions. He has worked various operational assignments to include patrol, criminal investigations, DUI enforcement, SWAT, and training. Chief Gwaltney promoted to command rank in 2006 and has held command positions in patrol and special operations. Promoted to Chief in 2014, Chief Gwaltney has served as the Corrections Bureau commander and the Operations Bureau commander. Chief Gwaltney is a graduate of the 266th session of the FBI National Academy.
Chief Deanna Johnson
Chief Johnson has been with the Sheriff’s Department for 21 years. She has been assigned to patrol, investigations and administration. Mostly recently, she was assigned as a Captain in the Special Investigations Division which includes the Narcotics and Special Investigations Section and the Technical Support Section. Chief Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a graduate of the FBI’s Executive Leadership Institute and was an instructor for five years in the Leadership in Police Organization program through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Karl Woolridge
Karl Woolridge has been with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department for over 27 years, rising from the rank of corrections officer to bureau chief. His assignments have included extensive time in operations and administration, presiding over the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force, and collaborating with other public safety agencies, county departments, schools, and local organizations on a variety of projects aimed at improving the quality of life in this community. Chief Woolridge earned a Master of Administration Degree with leadership emphasis from Northern Arizona University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University, and an Associate’s Degree from Pima Community College.