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1/13/2012 9:05:00 AM
Gardner chosen as Camp Verde Marshal
Avondale lieutenant picked from among 80 applicants
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Avondale Police Department lieutenant and division commander Nancy Gardner has been chosen from among nearly 80 applicants to be Camp Verde's new marshal. She will begin her duties full time the first week of March.
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Avondale Police Department lieutenant and division commander Nancy Gardner has been chosen from among nearly 80 applicants to be Camp Verde's new marshal. She will begin her duties full time the first week of March.

Steve Ayers
Staff Reporter


Correction: The original version of this story stated that Marshal Gardner created the SWAT team in Avondale. She was assigned to rebuild the SWAT team.

CAMP VERDE - Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin announced on Thursday the hiring of Nancy Gardner as Camp Verde's new town marshal.

Gardner, a lieutenant and division commander with the Avondale Police Department, was chosen from among six finalist and approximately 80 applicants.

"She has what I believe to be the skill set we were looking for. In particular she brings a strong background in community involvement as well as business administration. I think she is just what

Camp Verde was looking for, and Camp Verde is just what she was looking for," Martin said.

Gardner echoed Martin's comments in an interview on Friday, saying she is looking forward to all Camp Verde has to offer.

"My husband and I are both from a small town and moved to Mesa in 1986 for our careers. We have now raised our three daughters and its time to return to our roots.

"I feel Camp Verde is a perfect fit. It has the small-town atmosphere and the friendly people we have known all our lives and we are looking forward to becoming a part of the community," Gardner said.

Martin said one of the deciding factors in her selection was her desire to "be here."

"Raised in Minot, N.D., her goal was to come to a smaller town. She wants to buy a place here and become part of the community. I would say that longevity played a big role in my decision," he said.

Gardner has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and a master's in human relations from Northern Arizona University.

She has served as a lieutenant and division commander in Avondale for the last four years and previously as an officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant for the Gilbert Police Department from 1991 to 2007.

Among her accomplishments at the Avondale Police Department was the rebuilding of the community's SWAT Team, their "Partners 4 Pets," program and the expansion of their community outreach program.

During her tenure in Gilbert she ran the department's criminal investigations bureau, helped develop the department's training and qualification firing range and served as one of the community's first SWAT Team members, and eventually, the team's commander.

She was also the recipient of numerous awards while with the Gilbert P.D., including a Distinguished Service Award, Supervisor of the Year and a Law Enforcement Commendation Medal.

Gardner says she will spend the next few weeks familiarizing herself with the Marshal's Office before starting full time the first week of March.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 8, 2012
Article comment by: DPS fat

I know from personal experience DPS is chock full of getover slothes collecting big paychecks. We have several of then in our town. Lets see if the state ever cuts the fat - unlikely.

Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012
Article comment by: bye bye same old, same old

I agree that the changes there were long overdue and I'd like to see a shakeup in a few other departments in Camp Verde as well but best not mention whom I'm speaking of in a public forum. It may be a long process ahead but finally some good changes are beginning in the same old, same old town.

Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012
Article comment by: I have decided

It is about time someone is directing the Marshal's Office in the right direction. You can't blame Marshal Gardner if the former Marshal "did as little as possible and still got a paycheck"! That is what has created that issues Marshal Gardner is attempting to rectify. As a citizen of Camp Verde, I commend her and all the employees that are willing to work and haven't run away with their tails between their legs because they have done something wrong or don't want to work! Keep up the good work Marshal!

Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012
Article comment by: You Decide

I was asked by an ex employee not to do this. But I am anyway. If you read this same article on the verdenews site you will see a comment from Mr. Arbuckle. I have been told by current and ex employees his comments hit the nail on head. She has fired the lieutenant which she hid from everyone by making a name change and the departments patrol officers are down to 7 people to cover 24 hours. How does that work. I have been told instead of moving the department into the future she is destroying it. You make your own educated decision and ask a Marshal next time you see one, if you can find one. I really feel sorry for you if you need a cop quick.

Posted: Sunday, January 15, 2012
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

Guess what "Interested to see?"

WE got the VOTE too!

Crawl back into your CAVE . . .


Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2012
Article comment by: Ramona Aldridge

I am shocked, surprised, and happy to see a women picked for the position of Marshal in Camp Verde. She has a great resume, experience, and will be a great addition to our town. Maybe in the future we could see a women town manager as well. Nothing personal Russ.

Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2012
Article comment by: Sandi Ashton

Whats all the worry about our new marshal being a woman. Women have been capable of doing great things--for more years than one can imagine. Welcome Marshal Gardner!

Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2012
Article comment by: you go girl!

It is nice to see a woman hired for the position, but regardless of gender the job requires good occupational and people skills. I'm not high on University of Phoenix per se and see many of their programs as akin to a diploma mill, but NAU is a good second tier institution with some first class instructors at the graduate studies level. best of luck to Nancy!

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

"How well do you think the ol' timers at the Marshal's Office are gonna like working for a woman? This should be interesting! Not too sure about you choice Russ..."

REALLY, are you serious? This 2012, not 1950. If the the ol'timers (the ones with pot bellies and talking on their cell phones while driving) can't handle it, probably time that they go.

Jeesh.

Welcome to Camp Verde Marshal Gardner.



Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012
Article comment by: Camp Verde

Maybe this women will shake up the office a little and things won't be like the "good old boys" would like it! Nice change
Congrats-You go girl !!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012
Article comment by: Interested To See

How well do you think the ol' timers at the Marshal's Office are gonna like working for a woman? This should be interesting! Not too sure about you choice Russ...



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