Sheriff Mark Napier was elected as the 34th Sheriff of Pima County on January 1, 2017. He started his law enforcement career in December of 1981 as a police officer in Iowa. He was hired by the Tucson Police Department in 1987, eventually retiring as a captain. He then served as the Assistant Director for the Glendale Arizona Police Department and worked for the Department of Justice as a peer reviewer on federal grant programs.
Sheriff Napier is a decorated law enforcement leader. He has received the Medal of Merit twice, the Medal of Service, the Chief of Police Citation of Excellence, the Unit Medal, the Retirement Medal and the Magnus Leadership Medal. He serves as a member of the Executive Committees of the Arizona Joint Terrorism Task Force, Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and Major County Sheriffs of America and is also a member of Unified Command of the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats. He is currently the elected Vice President of the Arizona Sheriffs Association.
Sheriff Napier holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Psychology from Park University and a Masters Degree from Boston University in Criminal Justice. For the past 15 years, he has taught for the online Masters of Criminal Justice Program at Boston University. He has been married to wife Marlene for 36 years and has four adult children, one of which is a current Tucson Police Officer, and two grandchildren.