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South Tucson names new leader for the city's police and fire departments

Posted at 3:31 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 17:31:39-05

SOUTH TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) South Tucson officials have named a new leader for the city's police and fire departments. 

According to a release from the city, Manuel Amado has been chosen as the new public safety director/chief of police.

Amado will be in charge of the South Tucson police and fire department and has about 28 years of law enforcement experience, city officials say.

Born and raised in Tucson, in a written statement Amado said he is "honored" to have been appointed. 

Below is a portion of that statement: 

Since I am “home grown”, I have a deep connection and compassion for the South Tucson community. Because of my background, I have always wished to serve the community I grew up in and bring my servant leadership philosophy to a community centered environment. I look forward to serving my community as Public Safety Director and creating a safe and enjoyable environment for its citizens and visitors, as well as serving the fine men and women of the police and fire departments. I also look forward to being a part of city leadership and contributing to the successes of which I have no doubt that South Tucson will accomplish in the coming years. I am very happy and blessed to be back at home!”

This comes after the contract for the previous chief's contract was not renewed earlier this year.

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