Patrick Melvin

Patrick Melvin, a former police chief in Maricopa, is a finalist for the same position in Yuma.

GLOBE — Patrick Melvin, who led the Maricopa Police Department from October 2006 to November 2011, is one of four finalists for the same position in Globe, a small mining town in Gila County.

Melvin’s last job was as police chief in Port Arthur, Texas, a city of 55,000 people located 90 miles east of Houston. He resigned from the position in May, less than two years after he was hired in October 2016.

Melvin also resigned as chief of the Salt River Police Department — a tribal agency outside Scottsdale — in May 2016, two weeks after he was placed on administrative leave.

Former Salt River police officers told PinalCentral at the time that it was likely due to Melvin’s constant wandering eye for police chief jobs in larger cities like Seattle and Phoenix, among others.

Those officers also told PinalCentral that many disagreed with Melvin’s leadership style.

Prior to his arrival in Maricopa, Melvin spent 21 years with the Phoenix Police Department, rising to the rank of commander.



An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that former Maricopa Police Chief Patrick Melvin had been placed on administrative leave from his position as police chief in Port Arthur, Texas, in 2017. It was a different officer who had been placed on administrative leave. Melvin resigned from the position.