Tucson, Ariz. (February 14, 2012)-John Ivanoff was recently promoted to chief of public safety for Tucson Airport Authority (TAA). Ivanoff has been a member of the TAA Police Department since 1988 and was promoted to police chief three years ago. As chief of public safety, Ivanoff retains his police duties and takes on the additional responsibility of leading the TAA Fire Department.
Ivanoff's position was newly created in order to enhance emergency preparedness for all public safety and civilian TAA staff. He oversees police and fire-related emergencies, working closely with his counterparts in the community to ensure that the safety and security of the Tucson International Airport and Ryan Airfield is paramount in a mutual aid response.
Ivanoff's public safety career began in 1986 with the Tucson Police Department. He became a TAA officer in1988 and held the positions of sergeant and police captain prior to being named chief. Ivanoff recently led the department in renewing its accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Participation is voluntary and helps TAA police ensure their procedures, management, operations and support services meet CALEA's industry-leading standards. The TAA Police Department holds the record for the longest continuous accreditation, and the recent renewal qualified for meritorious status.
"I am truly blessed to be working with such fine public safety professionals," Ivanoff said. "The members of the Fire and Police departments are truly dedicated to protecting and serving our airport community as well as the citizens of Tucson and Pima County. I am looking forward to new challenges every day, knowing that I have the unique privilege of leading two great teams."