Goodyear police Chief Jerry Geier terminated from position


Goodyear police Chief Jerry Geier has been terminated from his position, according to a news release Friday afternoon.

Mr. Geier was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 7 following allegations of misconduct. Shortly after, external investigators began a very thorough review which recently concluded, the release states.

Based on those findings, officials determined that Mr. Geier violated administrative policies, which were deemed non-criminal and non-financial in nature.

Mr. Geier was hired as police chief on Jan. 9, 2012, coming from the Yuma Police Department.

 "Employees who are terminated have the right to an appeals process," the release states. "Therefore, any further details about the original allegations, the investigation, or the findings will not be available until the appeals process has concluded pursuant to the Peace Officers Bill of Rights. It protects information about disciplinary investigations of police officers from being disclosed until the process has concluded." 

Three other employees were also put on administrative leave in early October: Deputy Chief Justin Hughes, Officer Kyle Cluff and Administrative Services Manager Susan Petty. Goodyear officials said the investigations into those three are still ongoing and are also considered non-criminal and non-financial in nature.

 "The city takes its obligations as holders of the public’s trust seriously, and appreciates the patience of the public and the support of employees during this investigation," the release states.

Acting Chief Santiago Rodriguez will continue in his role until further notice, the city stated.

The Daily Independent on Oct. 22 requested records concerning the investigation into all four officials.