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Gilbert Announces Michael Soelberg as New Police Chief

Post Date:05/18/2017 5:58 PM
Mike SoelbergGilbert, Ariz.- After a nationwide recruitment, Michael Soelberg has been named as Gilbert, Arizona’s new Chief of Police. Soelberg was most recently the Assistant Police Chief for the City of Mesa, where he held various ranks and assignments since beginning his career there in 1995.

Soelberg led Mesa Police Department’s efforts to expand community engagement, improve employee wellness, and the development of department-wide use of force de-escalation training and crisis intervention training. He served as the police department liaison to the Mesa City Council and to the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens and also oversaw the Mesa Police Department Diversity Team, Meritorious Conduct Board and the Use of Force Review Board.

"I am honored to be selected as the Chief of Police for the Gilbert Police Department,” said Soelberg. “I have lived in Gilbert for over 21 years.  I have seen Gilbert grow from a small community to a large thriving community. We are the largest town in the United States and we are proud of that distinction and our history. As Gilbert continues to grow, we need to ensure that the police department keeps up with this growth. We need to be proactive and innovative in our law enforcement efforts so that our crime remains low and our community feels safe. The community plays a large role in these efforts and we will continue to build on our positive relationships with the community to ensure we are addressing public safety concerns."

“We are excited to welcome Chief Soelberg as Gilbert’s new police chief,” said Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels. “His extensive experience with community-based policing coupled with his knowledge of our community as a longtime resident will benefit us as Gilbert and the police department continue to grow.” 

Chief Soelberg will start on Monday, June 5, 2017.