Sherry Kiyler joined the Chandler Police Department in February of 2004, bringing a wealth of experience after having served for 31 years with the Phoenix Police Department where she began her career as a Dispatcher and departed as a Commander.
During her tenure in Chandler, Chief Kiyler has worked diligently toward attaining the Department’s established strategic goals, which is evidenced by the steady decrease in the crime rate, the implementation of new radio and records management systems, and the opening of two substations to better serve the citizens. Great strides have been made in the area of reinforcing relationships by enhancing cooperation among Valley law enforcement agencies, sharing information, and building partnerships to promote efficiency in crime prevention and detection. Chief Kiyler was instrumental in the formation of the East Valley Police Chiefs Association in 2007, and she served as its initial Chairperson. The Association’s membership, which includes the Police Chiefs and Command Staff from most East Valley agencies, collaborates on issues of mutual interest.
Chief Kiyler has received state and national recognition for her efforts to assist victims of violent crime by chairing annual fundraisers and co-chairing three national conferences. Her commitment was further demonstrated with the development of the East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, where she served as the inaugural Co-Chair.
Chief Kiyler has instructed law enforcement personnel in a range of topics and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix, instructing in the criminal justice program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Chief Kiyler’s community involvement finds her at dozens of fundraisers and events around Chandler and the Valley of the Sun each year. In 2009, the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation honored her as East Valley Woman of the Year, and in 2010 she raised over $6,000 for Special Olympics by rappelling down a 17-story building in central Phoenix. In 2012, she, along with some 40 members of the Chandler Police Department, took part in the Chandler Relay for Life, raising more than $7,000 for the American Cancer Society. She considers it a distinct honor to serve as Chandler’s Police Chief and credits the men and women of the Chandler Police Department for the outstanding reputation the agency has established, both among the residents of the City of Chandler and across the law enforcement community.