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Posted on: December 22, 2020

Commander Rudy Mendoza chosen as next Tolleson Police Chief

Police Chief Rudy Mendoza

The Tolleson Police Department has been under the outstanding leadership of Chief Wayne Booher for the last four years. Chief Booher served 28 years with the City of Tolleson and now bids farewell as he enters into retirement. During his 28 years of service, he listened to quality of life concerns and worked arm in arm with the community to make Tolleson stronger. “We have come a long way since the agricultural times and I am honored to have served you and your families. Your support of your Police Department has always been a priority for you and this support is why we have the best Police Department in the entire state today. Your continued support will be critical as there is still much work to do.” stated Chief Wayne Booher.

In preparation of his departure, an extensive national solicitation process, masterfully administered by the Tolleson Employee Resources Director, Wendy Jackson, a panel representative of the Tolleson business community, the NAACP, other police agencies, staff, and the Tolleson citizenry yielded a variety of qualified applicants from which to choose. From this process, Tolleson Commander Rudy Mendoza was chosen as the next Police Chief. Future Chief Mendoza will assume his new role immediately upon the retirement of Chief Wayne Booher in January.

Commander Mendoza is a 20-year veteran of the Tolleson Police Department who has contributed immensely to the excellence for which the City of Tolleson is renown. He began his career with the Tolleson Police Department in July of 2000 as a Dispatcher. After dispatching for approximately 10 months, was hired as a Police Officer and attended the Phoenix Regional Police Academy, class #354. His first assignment with the Tolleson Police Department was in patrol. After five years of working patrol he earned a promotion to Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he supervised patrol squads and completed a 2-year rotation as the Criminal Investigations Sergeant. In 2017, he moved up the rank to Commander and was assigned to oversee Police Operations. Commander Mendoza is a graduate of both Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command class #318 and the FBI National Academy class #273.

"Over the past twenty years the Tolleson Police Department has continued to grow and improve. This certainly can be attributed to the wonderful people we have working here as well as my two predecessors, Chief Rodriguez and Chief Booher. Through their leadership they have raised the bar and expectations for the Police Department. They have both left a very solid foundation on which I plan to use to continue to raise the bar. Each and every one who lives, works, or visits the City of Tolleson deserves an exceptional police service and I will work diligently to provide that." Shared Tolleson Chief Rudy Mendoza.

City Manager Reyes Medrano, Jr. shares, "The Tolleson Police Department owns a rich history of quality leadership emanating from its chief's office. Beginning with Chief Fred Davis to Rick Patschieder, from Chief Larry Rodriguez to current chief Wayne Booher, each era elevated the community's expectations of its police officers. Rudy Mendoza, newly named Tolleson Police Chief, is more than prepared to meet the challenge. AS a 20-year veteran of the Tolleson Police Department, he enjoys the advantage of significant contributions to the evolution of the Tolleson Police Department which promise to reap dividends for all Tolleson residents."

Join us as we congratulate Commander Rudy Mendoza who was chosen to succeed Chief Wayne Booher as the next Tolleson Police Chief. He is a true public servant who places the needs of all Tollesonians as his primary measure of success. Congratulations Commander Mendoza!