Maz­zuca named new Chief of Aragon PD

The Standard Journal - - POLICE & FIRE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.nett

The Aragon Po­lice Depart­ment’s new­est leader was sworn in and started duty be­fore the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day got un­der­way.

Chief Paul Maz­zuca was ap­proved by the Aragon City Coun­cil in a unan­i­mous vote dur­ing the Novem­ber meet­ing to take over the role of com­man­der of the depart­ment.

He takes over af­ter Marc Ri­ley headed the depart­ment for a sec­ond time in an in­terim po­si­tion, and in­creases the ranks back again to three full time of­fi­cers on duty.

Maz­zuca is a 16-plus year vet­eran of the Chero­kee County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, start­ing out his ca­reer as a jailer and mov­ing his way up through the ranks.

“I worked my way up to deputy and went on pa­trol, then went over to ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he said.

He said he looked for­ward to tak­ing over the depart­ment af­ter his swear­ing-in by Mu­nic­i­pal Court Judge Terry Wheeler af­ter the close of the Aragon City Coun­cil’s Novem­ber meet­ing. Maz­zuca was joined by his wife, fam­ily and fel­low col­leagues from the Chero­kee County Sher­iff’s Of­fice for the cer­e­mony.

Maz­zuca called for a “new day” in the depart­ment af­ter a rocky year of four dif­fer­ent lead­er­ship changes since the start of 2018.

“We’re look­ing to make this big­ger and bet­ter, and hope­fully within the next five years it’ll be big­ger,” Maz­zuca said.

Maz­zuca’s name was put be­fore the city coun­cil dur­ing their Oc­to­ber ses­sion, but no mo­tion was made for ap­proval at the time.

Wheeler said dur­ing a brief ad­dress that Maz­zuca was among sev­eral can­di­dates who sought the job of Chief of the Aragon Po­lice Depart­ment, ex­ceed­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tions the city sought to fill the po­si­tion.

“We’re proud to have him join us from Chero­kee County,” Wheeler said.

/ Kevin Myrick

Chief Paul Maz­zuca re­ceived a round of ap­plause af­ter cer­e­monies con­cluded swear­ing him in as the new com­man­der of the Aragon Po­lice Depart­ment on Thurs­day, Nov. 15.

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