Marana resident and business owner Terry Tometich recently took the reins as interim chief of police for the town on May 1.
Previous to his new position, Tometich worked for the Arizona Department of Public Safety for 31 years, retiring in 2005.
He and his wife moved to Marana a year and a half ago and own a pair of businesses: Fitness Together at Dove Mountain and Elements Therapeutic Massage.
Tometich said he has been so busy that he hasn’t had time to buy a uniform.
What sorts of things are different from your previous job at DPS?
It’s a smaller agency than what I’ve dealt with in the past. The biggest difference is that instead of driving hundreds of miles a month and even thousands of miles a year, it’s roughly 15 minutes to work and 15 minutes home. Whereas before I was responsible for the southern eight counties, here it’s 122 square miles.
What’s the difference between municipal and state agencies?
The crime issues that I dealt with in the past were much more varied and numerous. There are the same crimes that are occurring (here) but a lot less often … thank goodness.
What would you like to see changed?
When I came here I kept hearing morale was the biggest issue and that the department was not being supported appropriately by the town. What I found is that the support is at a very high level from town management. The morale, I believe, with some changes will pick up. The morale issue is not as bad as it has been portrayed in the past. I want people to enjoy coming to work and have fun because when you don’t do that it makes life miserable for everyone.