Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia is out! Fired by City Manager Ed Zuercher after
blasting the police unions in a news conference to denounce what he says was
their efforts to oust him as chief.
Garcia says the Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association are
hurting the department and the city.
“consistent and repetitive actions and demands from these
two union boards are damaging the image and the reputation of this department
and I won’t stand for it.”
Zuercher says he fired Garcia moments after the chief held his
press conference for insubordination. He
says this is all about Garcia’s disobeying a direct order not to hold the news
conference and that, up to then, Garcia had his full confidence as Chief of
Police. Mayr Greg Stanton concurs,
saying “a chief also needs to be able to take orders.”
After months of calls for his resignation and the constant
threat of a “no confidence” vote by the Phoenix Law Enforcement Agency and
Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association union threatened to hand
down, Garcia says that is all a sham. He
says to date, the two unions don’t have the votes for “no confidence” and “it
is time to silence the police union critics.”
Joe Yaner has been named acting chief.