In September, the Town of Prescott Valley will be bringing retired Department of Public Safety Director Col. Frank Milstead to its Police department on a consulting basis. Col. Milstead will spend several months with the department.
In anticipation of the selection of a new chief of police, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson said he wants to make sure the Town sets a level of expectation and gains an understanding of how officers view and feel about the department. “Col. Milstead can give us recommendations and a potential roadmap to make sure we continue to have a department that serves the community with excellence, and that we’re all proud of, including the employees,” he said.
Col. Milstead retired on April 3, 2020, after five years of service to DPS and more than three decades of service in Arizona law enforcement. Before his service to DPS, Milstead spent five years in the Mesa Police Department, and 25 years with the Phoenix Police Department. He was Mesa’s Police Chief, and in Phoenix, served in various command positions in the Homeland Defense Bureau, Major Offender Bureau, and the Traffic Bureau.
“I want to objectively assess the department to identify actionable items for leadership to address, including culture, leadership, policies, procedures, staffing, and training. This effort will also assist the department with the current accreditation process,” said Davidson.
Milstead will spend several months working with the Prescott Valley Police Department, looking at policies, staffing, training, and other general dynamics of the organization.