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FEBRUARY 2017

Award Night Honors Officer Accomplishments, Education

SPD Awards Night
2017 started on a high note for the Town of Sahuarita Police Department. The annual Awards Night, which recognizes employee accomplishments, was held on Jan. 13 at the Rancho Resort Club House. Mayor Tom Murphy, Council Members Duane Blumberg, Bill Bracco, and Kara Egbert attended the ceremony. Employees were presented with service pins, acknowledging their service in a variety of special assignments and collateral duties. The following employees were acknowledged for their accomplishments:

Community Policing: Officers Rosalie Petty, Aaron Medina, Kelsey Santos and Amanda Seybold.


Leadership: Officer Wes Genzer

Lifesaving: Sergeant Alex Droban and Officer Aaron Medina

Meritorious Award: VIPS Volunteers Norma Jordan and Danny Taylor, Officers Kevin Bender and Aaron Medina, Detective Steve Bunting, and Sergeant Mike Falquez.

Employee of the Year: Officer Amanda Seybold.

Chief’s Citation: Officer Shawn Patze.
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Sahuarita is Ranked Third Safest City in Arizona by ValuePenguin

In Dec. 2016, ValuePenguin published a study on the safest cities in Arizona, placing Sahuarita at number three right behind Florence (#1) and Clarkdale (#2). The ranking, drawn from FBI crime statistics, noted on it's website justification for the placement, "The 44 sworn officers are committed to community policing, and the results of their efforts are very positive for the residents. Sahuarita had the second-lowest rate of violent crime and the fifth-lowest rate of property crime in ValuePenguin's analysis. This mid-size city is a 30-minute drive south of Tucson. The median household income was 31% above the state's median household income, and the Town has a low level of poverty." Click the ValuePenguin.com logo above to read their latest release of the Five Safest Places in Arizona.

Brian Uthe

Fire Inspector Joins Leadership Council, International Code Council

Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner, Brian Uthe has joined the International Code Council's (ICC) new Emerging Leaders Membership Council. The ICC notes that this group of young professionals will have the opportunity to experience the path of leadership and learn from established professionals in their respective fields. Educational opportunities like these provide enriching experiences for Town of Sahuarita employees, and improve on the breadth of knowledge employees have to apply toward service to the Town and community they serve. Uthe was able to join the Council at an annual ICC conference held in late 2016.

Busy Year for Planning and Building Shows Growth

Town of Sahuarita Planning and Building Department had a busy 2016. We now look forward to 2017 with two new major commercial developments coming to the Town at The Crossing on Duval Mine Rd. and The Corner on Sahuarita Rd.

The Building Safety Division issued 1001 total permits in 2016 which included New Single Family Residences, Residential Remodels and Additions, New Commercial, Commercial Remodels and Additions, Pools/Spas, Walls, Utilities, Solar, Patios, Demolition, Fire Sprinklers, Event Tents, Signs and Model Plans.

In 2016, 277 Single Family Residence Permits were issued which was up by 37 permits from 2015.

26 commercial permits were issued in 2016 which included Circle K, American Southwest Credit Union, Dollar Tree, Armed Forces Tribute, new restrooms for the Quail Creek Golf Course and Fry’s Clicklist.

TOWN OF SAHUARITA - UPCOMING EVENTS

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Live Music at the Lake
STAC Flier
Fiesta Sahuarita
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