Sun City Posse in another transition year

New commander seeks to develop long-range plan


For the Sun City Posse, 2019 was a year of tremendous transition as the organization was two years out from officially severing its affiliation with the Maricopa County Sherrif’s Office and set its sights on a new future.

Now it’s time to plan for the future.

The community patrol agency kicked off the new year by swearing in its new commander and board of governor members at a general membership meeting held Jan. 7. Richard Nonini takes over the Posse reins and plans to develop a forward-looking strategic plan for the organization.

“We’ve reached a point of transition for the Posse,” he said. “We are now at the point to ask what the Posse is and how can we be more effective.”

During his leadership year, Mr. Nonini will focus on developing a long-range strategic plan for the Posse. To help him in the effort, he created a new position within the Posse, a planning director, with the job assigned to former Posse Commander Roberta Lambin.

“By the end of the year, we hope to have the structure of a long-range plan in place,” Mr. Nonini said.

The Posse in 2017 began a transition from an agency under the auspices of the MCSO to a standalone organization. Mr. Nonini said that transition went smoothly and praised those who led the charge.

“Mary (Heiser), Mike (Murphy) and Danny (Moore) did a great job of making that happen,” he said.

Despite ending its affiliation with the MCSO, the Posse continues to work closely with the agency that provides law enforcement services to the unincorporated age-restricted community. Frank McWilliams, MCSO District 3 commander, said he is looking forward to working with Mr. Nonini and continuing the cooperative work between the agencies.

“The Posse is very valuable to us in MCSO,” he said. “I can’t wait to continue this great partnership.”