SUPERIOR — There’s soon going to be a new chief at the Superior Police Department.
Frank Alanis has been chosen to be the small mining town’s next chief. Alanis currently serves as the support services lieutenant at the Casa Grande Police Department.
Alanis’s contract recently was approved by the Superior Town Council.
“I am privileged and honored to be afforded the opportunity to provide leadership that directly impacts the future of the Superior Police Department. I am humbled by it and I am truly indebted to the citizens of the town of Superior for their trust in me and generosity,” Alanis said.
Alanis came to Casa Grande from the Coolidge Police Department in 2002. Prior to Coolidge, Alanis worked for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and both the Arizona and Indiana corrections departments.
Alanis also is a combat veteran, retiring as a staff non-commissioned officer following an injury sustained in Iraq.
“Because of my service, I feel I’ve become a stronger person, I’ve learned to deal with and overcome adversity, am grateful for the things I have experienced and shared with others and opportunities presented to me along the way,” Alanis said. “These life lessons have been a contributing factor in my career, which ultimately led to my career goal of becoming a chief of police.”
At CGPD, Alanis oversaw the criminal investigations unit as well as animal control. He also helped secure several grants for new technology for the department.
Alanis said he’s proud to join the ranks of several former CGPD officers and supervisors who retired from the department and continued their service in law enforcement and politics, including current Casa Grande City Councilman Bob Huddleston and current Justice of the Peace John Ellsworth, among others.
“The Casa Grande Police Department has a long history of producing leaders that have gone on to continue their service in senior leadership roles throughout the state of Arizona,” he said.
Superior Town Manager Todd Pryor told PinalCentral the town is excited for Alanis to take over the police department.
“We’re very excited about him starting with us,” Pryor said.
Alanis was one of nine applicants for the chief’s job. He takes the reins Monday at the department, which currently has eight full-time officers and 14 reservists.
“The town of Superior is on the cusp of some amazing changes,” he said. “For example, if you visit the Chamber of Commerce website you will find information on rebuilding Superior. The town of Superior has also put together a strategic plan that clearly outlines the direction they are moving in,” Alanis said. “I feel that through my position as the chief of police, the agency can contribute towards the town’s prosperity through honest, respectful and professional service.”