Walther named to lead Scottsdale Police Department moving forward. Scottsdale City Manager Jim Thompson has named Jeff Walther as Scottsdale police chief. Walther, a former Scottsdale assistant chief, came out of retirement to lead the department on an interim basis after Chief Alan Rodbell retired in November. At the time, Walther’s service was expected to be temporary, but City Manager Thompson soon realized that the 24-year Scottsdale police veteran was the right person to lead the department permanently.
Walther began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer in the Scottsdale Police Department in 1994. During his 24-year career, he served Scottsdale as a detective and as SWAT officer before moving into leadership positions in patrol, investigations, and training. He served as the McKellips District Commander, the Downtown District Commander, and finally as assistant chief over the Uniformed Services Bureau where he oversaw all patrol operations and the Special Operations Division.