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Posted on: January 4, 2021

New Year Ushers in City Leadership Changes

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City Manager Michael Frazier has announced leadership changes amid the retirement of Assistant City Manager Mark Schott. 

“First and foremost, I want to thank Mark for his tremendous service to our city,” said City Manager Frazier. “He leaves a positive legacy that will live on through his colleagues who learned so much from him over the past 25-plus years. Mark embodies what it is to be a friend and mentor.”

City Manager Frazier also announced that Surprise Police Chief Terry Young will serve as the new Assistant City Manager effective January 11, 2021. 

“When I retired as the Surprise Police Chief to become the Assistant City Manager in 2015, it was an honor to have Terry serve as our next Police Chief,” added Frazier. “It will be just as rewarding to now welcome him to our Executive Management Team.”

Assistant Police Chief Geoffrey Leggett has been named the Interim Police Chief, pending a formal recruitment process. 

Schott was named Assistant City Manager in September 2018, having previously served as the Director of Human Resources & Risk Management. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in local government, which began in 1990 with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. He joined the City of Surprise in 1993 as a Police Officer. During the remainder of his 21-year law enforcement career, Schott served in all ranks of the department, including leadership positions as a Lieutenant, Commander, Assistant Chief and the Interim Police Chief in 2010-2011.

“It has been a privilege to serve the residents of Surprise,” said Schott. “I’ve enjoyed working with our city council and staff over these many years and seeing the city develop and grow, with such a bright future ahead.”

Young began his career with Surprise Police in 2010, after retiring as a Deputy Chief from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. He was named Surprise Police Chief in July 2015. During his 30-plus years in law enforcement he oversaw a variety of operations from Patrol, Investigations, Personnel Management, Police and Organizational Development, and Safety. He is also the Past President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP).

Young holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Management from Grand Canyon University and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is a graduate of the prestigious School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University, as well as the FBI National Academy.  

“I’ve very much enjoyed working alongside our dedicated police officers and look forward to continuing to serve our community in a new role,” said Young. Leggett has more than 37 years of law enforcement experience with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Surprise Police Department since 2011. 

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science and Administration as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Mark Schott, Terry Young and Geoffrey Legget

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