Grand Canyon University has hired former City of Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner to be its director of Public Safety, effective May 30.

Yahner spent more than 30 years in the Phoenix Police Department, working his way up through the ranks before becoming police chief from 2014-16. He also served as interim chief from March 2011 to May 2012. He retired last year.

As director of Public Safety, Yahner will oversee both aspects of GCU’s 170-member public safety force – a police department with officers certified by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training and a public safety division with officers who maintain security at posts throughout campus.



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