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Christopher Magnus top pick for Tucson police chief

Christopher Magnus top pick for Tucson police chief

City Manager Michael Ortega has picked Christopher Magnus to be the next Tucson police chief. 

Ortega named Magnus, police chief of Richmond, Calif., as his top choice in a memo obtained by the Star Monday afternoon.

"I believe he brings the skills and abilities to do a great job here in Tucson and will make a great addition to our team," Ortega wrote in the memo. 

The council members decide who the next chief will be. Ortega said the issue is on the agenda of the council's regular meeting Tuesday. 

Ortega's memo came after the other frontrunner for the job dropped out of the running. Malik Aziz, deputy chief of the Dallas Police Department, withdrew his candidacy over the weekend, Ortega said. 

Contact Curt Prendergast at cprendergast@tucson.com or 573-4224. On Twitter: @CurtTucsonStar. 


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