City Manager Mike Frazier announced today that he has selected Peoria Deputy Police Chief Benny Piña to serve as the next Chief of the Surprise Police Department.
“The Surprise Police Department has a mission centered on serving the community. Chief Pina not only has a wealth of experience and strong leadership skills, he also understands the value of community connection and serving with professionalism, accountability and respect,” says Frazier, who designed an interview process that connected the candidates with a variety of city stakeholders.
The various interview panels included representatives from the community, public safety profession, and city leadership. The candidates also met with the city council and Surprise Police Department employees.
Benny Piña has served as the Deputy Police Chief in Peoria since 2014. Prior to that appointment, he served 25 years with the Phoenix Police Department rising through the ranks to the position of Police Commander. He has worked in patrol, investigations, special operations, SWAT, K-9, street and violent crime, crisis intervention, school resources, and training.
He earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Policing.
Upon completion of final employment screenings, Piña will fill the vacancy left following the promotion of former Police Chief Terry Young to City of Surprise Assistant City Manager in January 2021.
The city extends much appreciation to Assistant Police Chief Geoffrey Leggett for his service as Interim Chief during this transition.