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Freeman Carney sworn in as Paradise Valley Chief of Police Monday, Dec. 12

Paradise Valley Police Chief Freeman Carney
Paradise Valley Police Chief Freeman Carney at the local dais at Paradise Valley Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive, in the heart of the Town of Paradise Valley. (Photo by Arianna Grainey/

Chief Carney takes reins of Paradise Valley Police Department

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After serving almost 12 years on the Paradise Valley Police Department, Freeman Carney was sworn in this morning as chief of police following the retirement of Chief Peter Wingert.

The ceremony was held at the Paradise Valley Police Department and was attended by Paradise Valley Town Council along with friends and family of Chief Carney.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead our dedicated team on the Paradise Valley force,” Chief Carney said in a prepared statement. “Chief Wingert set a very high bar for a professional police department, and I, along with all members of the force, plan on continuing to build on that foundation.”

After 31 years in law enforcement — the last seven as chief of the Paradise Valley Police Department — Chief Wingert announced in October that he is retiring to accept a national policy position.

“Chief Carney is a natural leader and inspires trust from all who get to know him. He is driven by a strong work ethic and a sense of justice that will serve our residents well,” Town Manager Jill Keimach said. “Our community, and the men and women on the force, are in capable hands under Freeman’s leadership.”

Paradise Valley Jerry Bien-Willner says he has seen Chief Carney approaches to community policing with his own eyes.

“During my time as mayor, I’ve seen firsthand the collaborative approach Chief Carney brings to his job — his skill at building relationships within the community is incredibly valuable and sets a positive, proactive approach to policing in our town,” Mayor Bien-Willner said. “I look forward to continuing to work with our new chief, and the entire department, as he takes on this important role as a leader in the community.”

Chief Carney joined the Paradise Valley Police Department in fall 2011, starting at the rank of officer. He was previously with the city of Avondale Police Department where he was a training officer and member of the SWAT team.

He has completed a master’s degree in leadership from Grand Canyon University and was Paradise Valley’s accreditation manager when they achieved accredited status through the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

He is married with four sons and is a football coach and hiking enthusiast in his spare time.

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