Operations Executive Assistant Chief Sean Patrick Connolly is an Arizona native who is a 30-year veteran with the Phoenix Police Department. During his career, he has had the privilege of policing some of the most diverse communities in this major city.
He has demonstrated a strong commitment to community driven, problem oriented, intelligence led policing.
He currently leads the Patrol Division, the Investigative Division, the Strategic and Tactical Services Division and the Reserve Division.
Executive Assistant Chief Connolly has served in multiple ranks in the South Mountain, Maryvale-Estrella Mountain, Mountain View and Cactus Park Precincts. He has led the department’s Gang Enforcement Unit, Walking Beat Unit and Precinct Resources Teams. He has served as the Commander of the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct, the Violent Crime Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Bureau and the City Manager’s Office. He has also served as the department's Night Watch Commander.
Executive Assistant Chief Connolly earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arizona and his Master of Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is a graduate of the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s, Police Executive Leadership Institute and possesses an Executive Certificate from Georgetown University McCort School of Public Policy in School-Justice Partnerships.
He instructs nationally for the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Mass Atrocities and Genocide in partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
He has been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards to include four Police Chief Unit Awards, Distinguished Service Award, Community Based Policing Award, Supervisor of the Year and the Human Services Campus Dream Catcher Award.