Dave Neuman began his law enforcement career in Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1980, where he served as a police officer and a detective. He joined the Chandler Police Department in 1986 and has held assignments in Patrol, the Criminal Investigations Bureau, the Special Assignment Unit, and the Professional Standards Section. Dave ascended in rank and has served in supervisory positions over these assignments as well.
While a Lieutenant and managing the Professional Standards Section, Dave accepted an appointment as the Department’s Interim Chief from January 2003 to January 2004 while the City conducted a national search for a Police Chief. He was promoted to the rank of Commander in October of 2004 and served in that capacity in both the Field Operations Division and the Professional Services Division.
In October of 2007, Dave became an Assistant Chief and has effectively overseen every area of the Department: the Professional Services Division, which includes the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Planning & Research, Support Services, Forensic Services, Communications, and the Technology Sections of the Department, and the Field Operations Division, which includes patrol at three precincts and the Community Resources and Training Section. During his tenure as Assistant Chief, the Department implemented a new radio system; and the forensic laboratory received international accreditation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), the first municipal agency forensic laboratory in the State of Arizona to attain this accreditation. He also provided oversight and direction during the Chandler Serial Rapist investigation, a resource-intensive investigation that involved all areas of the Department and incorporated assistance from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and culminated in 2008 with the successful identification and arrest of the suspect.
In July 2013 upon the retirement of Chief Sherry Kiyler, Chief Neuman was once again called upon to serve the Department as its Interim Police Chief. His broad knowledge of the Chandler Police Department, dating back over 25 years, will serve the Department well during this critical transition period. Chief Neuman is committed to the Department’s established strategic goals: Crime Suppression; Strengthening Relationships and Partnerships, and Developing Department Infrastructure. His focus remains on providing quality service and making a positive impact on the community, one contact at a time, through outstanding customer service.
Chief Neuman has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Buena Vista University and a Master’s of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy. He actively represents the Chandler Police Department in a number of law enforcement associations including the East Valley Police Chiefs Association, the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Association, the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy Users Committee, and the East Valley Fusion Center Executive Committee. He also serves on the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Advisory Board and frequently attends local charitable functions in Chandler and the East Valley.