Our Command Staff

Chief of Police

Richard Jessup

Lieutenant

Marco Santana

Lieutenant

Miguel Alvarez

Lieutenant

Nigel Reynoso

Chief of Police

Richard Jessup

Chief Jessup, who was born and raised in California, started his career in 1982 as a police officer in San Jacinto, California after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Vanguard University in 1981.  He has worked for several other departments to include the Yuma Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety during his career in law enforcement.

Chief Jessup currently serves as the Chief of Police in San Luis, Arizona, which is the largest city, with a port of entry, located on the Arizona and Mexico border with a population of approximately 38,000 people.

Chief Jessup also serves as a college adjunct professor in the Administration of Criminal Justice program at Glendale Community College in Phoenix, Arizona where he teaches a variety of criminal justice classes. He has also taught cultural diversity at the Arizona Western College Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Chief Jessup is a sought after public speaker on the issues of developing leadership teams and personal success in the faith based and business communitites.

Chief Jessup is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command class #441, and serves as a member on the Arizona Supreme Court DUI case processing committee and work group. He is also a recipient of the FBI LEEDA Trilogy Award, which he was awarded after successfully completing the Supervisory, Command and Executive Leadership Institute courses through the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

Chief Jessup is also an active member of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police as well as the International Association of Chief of Police.

Lieutenant

Marco Santana

Lieutenant Marco Santana was born in San Luis, Mexico and has been a resident of Yuma County since 1991. He has lived in the City of San Luis, Arizona since 2004, where he has served the community as a Police Officer for the San Luis Police Department since 2003.

Lieutenant Santana has served the San Luis Police Department in the following capacities: Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, Motor Officer, Training Instructor and SWAT Officer. Lieutenant Santana is currently assigned as the Administrative Lieutenant overseeing the Communications Unit, Records Division, Quality Assurance and Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Unit. He has previously served the agency as a Support Services Lieutenant overseeing the Criminal Investigation Division, the department’s evidence room, the School Resource Officer’s Unit and the department’s community outreach program. He is the current police department’s Public Information Officer, which he has served in that role since 2013.

Lieutenant Santana’s education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University and an Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice Studies from Arizona Western College. He graduated from the Arizona Western College Law Enforcement Training Academy Class #24 in 2003. He is also a graduate of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) Arizona Leadership Program (ALP) Session #23, and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Session #441. Lieutenant Santana has also successfully completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s leadership schools, and as a result, he was awarded the prestigious FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.

Lieutenant Santana currently serves on several local committees that include the Yuma County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force with Amberly’s Place, and the Yuma County Drugs & Delinquency Coalition. He serves an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at the Arizona Western College Law Enforcement Training Academy and has done so since 2013. As an instructor at the police academy he has taught traffic law, defensive driving and high risk vehicle stops. In January 2020, Lieutenant Santana joined the Arizona Western College Administration of Justice faculty and teaches (AJS) Administration of Justice courses as an Adjunct Professor.

Lieutenant

Miguel Alvarez

Lieutenant Miguel Alvarez is a lifelong resident of the City of San Luis, where he has served the community as a Police Explorer and Police Volunteer prior to becoming a Police Officer for the City of San Luis Police Department in 2006. Lieutenant Alvarez has served as a Yuma County Deputy Sheriff and prior to that as a Correctional Officer for the State of Arizona. Lieutenant Alvarez is assigned as the department Patrol Division Commander overseeing the department’s patrol operations.

Lieutenant Alvarez’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Security with a Concentration in Law Enforcement Organizations and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) Leadership Program (ALP) Session 19, the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Session 441. Lieutenant Alvarez has completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s leadership schools, and has achieved the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award. Lieutenant Alvarez is additionally a certified performance auditor per LD Consulting.

Lieutenant Alvarez serves on several local committees involving crimes against children, child trafficking, domestic violence, and administration of justice education for high school and college students. He is Adjunct Faculty of the Administration of Justice program, and is an instructor for the Law Enforcement Training Academy at Arizona Western College.

Lieutenant

Nigel Reynoso

Lieutenant Nigel Reynoso was born in San Luis, Mexico and has been a resident of San Luis, Arizona since 1988. He has served the community as a Police Officer for the City of San Luis Police Department since 2005.

Lieutenant Reynoso currently serves as the Support Services Lieutenant overseeing the following: Criminal Investigation Division, School Resource Officers/School Operations Division, Training Unit and the department’s evidence room. Lt. Reynoso formerly supervised the following: Patrol Division, Canine Unit, Traffic Enforcement Unit, and Animal Control Service Unit.

Lieutenant Reynoso is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Class 441 and graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. He is also a graduate of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) Arizona Leadership Program (ALP) Class 21 and has completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s leadership schools, and became a recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.

Lieutenant Reynoso serves as a member of the Yuma County Drugs & Delinquency Coalition. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 8 years and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.