Terry A. McDonald, Police Chief
Terry McDonald was hired as the Assistant Police Chief on November 28, 2011. On September 30, 2015, Chief McDonald was appointed to serve as the Police Chief for the City of El Mirage Police Department. Chief McDonald has served in several leadership positions during his nearly forty years of public service. While as a Lieutenant with the Phoenix Police Department, Chief McDonald was selected to serve as the Interim Police Chief of the Apache Junction Police Department.
Since his retirement from the Phoenix Police Department after 31 years of service, Chief McDonald served as a Special Agent with the Arizona Department of Gaming and then as the Police Chief of the Youngtown, Arizona Police Department.
Chief McDonald has a strong reputation for building relationships with employees, businesses, and residents of the community. His experience in community policing includes developing the community policing model for downtown Phoenix when both U.S. Airways and Chase Field began operations.
Chief McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Administration.
Laura Liuzzo, Assistant Chief
Laura Liuzzo was hired as a police lieutenant for the City of El Mirage on December 15, 2014. On September 30, 2015, Chief Liuzzo began serving as the Assistant Chief for the El Mirage Police Department. Chief Liuzzo has over twenty-four years of law enforcement experience, which includes patrol, professional standards, training, legal, drug enforcement, and recruiting. Chief Liuzzo is a licensed attorney and holds a Juris Doctor degree in Law, a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies. She is also a Certified Public Manager (CPM).
Chief Liuzzo is committed to twenty-first century policing which includes building community trust through respect, professionalism and demonstrated commitment to the community, and crime suppression utilizing data-driven, intelligence-led policing, technology, and leadership. Chief Liuzzo is active in the west valley community and is a former Honorary Commander for Luke Air Force Base with the 56 F.W. Security Forces Squadron, and is currently a member of the Blue Blazer Squadron for Fighter Country Partnership, which supports the men, women, families, and mission of Luke AFB.
Michael Ashley, Deputy Director of Police Administration
Michael Ashley started his career with the City of El Mirage Police Department in May of 2015. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of Police Administration. Michael has nearly twenty-five years of law enforcement experience at the federal, state and local levels. He is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and retired from the Peoria Police Department as their Professional Standards Unit (Internal Affairs) Lieutenant in 2013. Just prior to working for the City of El Mirage he served as the Deputy Chief for both the Arizona Department of Economic Security and then the Department of Child Safety.
Michael is a proven professional possessing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Administration of Justice Studies from Arizona State University. Michael is a relationship builder with excellent communication skills and demonstrates the ability to easily embrace differences working with both internal and external partnerships. His proven ability to lead, mentor, and manage teams utilizing law enforcement best practices will continue to benefit the citizens of El Mirage.
Randy Stewart, Lieutenant
Randy Stewart was hired as a Police Officer with the El Mirage Police Department in January 2003. While serving with the department, Lieutenant Stewart has served in a variety of assignments including: Patrol, School Resource Officer, Administration, Training, Community Relations and SWAT. Lieutenant Stewart has also served as an Administration Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant and Investigations Sergeant.
On December 20, 2015, Lieutenant Stewart assumed the role of Patrol Lieutenant. With this assignment, Lieutenant Stewart is responsible for the supervision of the Patrol Division.
Lieutenant Stewart holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Western International University. Lieutenant Stewart is currently completing his Master’s in Business Administration through the University of Scranton. Lieutenant Stewart is a proud graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command Class #366.