Debora Black – Prescott

Debby was appointed as the Police Chief for the City of Prescott in July of 2016.  Previously, Chief Black served the City of Glendale for close to 10 years, leaving as Police Chief, and 25 years with the Phoenix Police Department achieving the rank of Assistant Chief.   Throughout her career Chief Black has extensive experience in patrol, traffic, training, internal investigations, labor relations, public safety communications, tactical operations, community relations, and officer safety and wellness.

Chief Black earned a Bachelor's Degree in Justice Studies (1986) and a Master’s in Public Administration (1991) from Arizona State University. She also has Certificate in Legal Studies from Phoenix College (2012). She attended the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program (2000) and the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations Program (2009).

Chief Black is an Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation, dedicated to advancing policing through innovation and science. She serves as Vice Chair for the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy Users Group, is a Member of the Yavapai County Justice and Mental Health Coalition, and Advisory Council Member for the Coalition of Compassion and Justice and the National Emergency Responders Assistance Program. Chief Black is a charter member of Prescott Area Women who Care, serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona, and is very proud to be a Big in Blue to Little Sister Kirra through Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters; additionally, she actively supports a number of local charitable organizations. The YWCA honored her as the Public Service Leader of the Year in 2008.

Chief Black and her husband Tim have been married for over 18 years; they have three children and one grandchild.