Friday, September 13, 2013

City announces interim leaders for two posts

On Thursday, Maricopa City Manager Trisha Sorensen announced the appointment of two interim leadership selections. Richard “Rick” Clore will serve as Interim Human Resources Director and Brady Leffler will fill the role of Interim Fire Chief. 

Clore joined the City of Maricopa in March of 2012 as a Commander for the police department. He is an Arizona native who has been in law enforcement since 1976, beginning his career with the Mesa Police Department. There, he served in a variety of assignments before being promoted to Sergeant in 1990. Shortly after his promotion, Clore was called to active duty in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm where he served as a counterintelligence non-commissioned officer. Upon returning from active duty, Clore was assigned to supervise in a variety of assignments, including patrol, traffic, SWAT and investigations. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1994 and to Commander in 1999.

Clore holds a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University, a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix and is recognized as a Certified Public Manager. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and currently serves on the Executive Board for the FBI National Academy’s Arizona Chapter. 

“I believe in providing employees with opportunities to grow professionally and to broaden their work experience,” said Sorensen. “Commander Clore will serve the organization well in this new assignment. 

Brady Leffler’s professional career began in 1992 when he joined the Mesa Fire and Medical Department as a Captain. From there, he moved to the positions of Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief and Assistant Fire Chief. In those roles, he served in numerous areas including fire suppression, training, emergency services and community services. 

In 2010, Leffler joined the Upper Pine Rive Fire District as Deputy Chief. There, he managed and participated in the development and planning of departmental activities in operations, budgeting, training, policy development, human resources directives, investigations and records management.

Leffler has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in human relations from Northern Arizona University. He is a certified public manager and holds a paramedic certification. Leffler is a member of the Arizona Fire Chief’s Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and a charter member of the International Association of Firefighters.

“Brady Leffler is a highly qualified and experienced Fire executive,” said Sorensen. “I believe his knowledge, background and expertise in management will be a tremendous asset to the department, the organization and the citizens of Maricopa.”

Leffler takes over for Wade Brannon, who stepped-down as Fire Chief on September 3rd. Brannon officially held the post since 2010, and served as Interim Fire Chief for a significant amount of time before that.

Brannon said that his decision to step down as chief was due to the likelihood that Maricopa will resume the rapid growth it experienced before the economic slowdown. Noting that he has always worked for smaller organizations and cities, Brannon wasn't sure if he had the experience to take the department to "the next level" as leader. He will continue to serve the department in another role.

On the September 17th City Council agenda, Sorensen will be present an agenda item regarding Leffler’s employment contract for the City Council’s consideration.

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