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Ass't Tucson police chief Batista named to head Mesa department

A longtime Tucson officer has been picked to lead the Mesa Police Department, officials said Wednesday. Assistant Chief Ramon Batista will take over as the Phoenix suburb's top cop in July. He's served with TPD for three decades.

Batista has run the Tucson department's Investigative Services Bureau, after a stint in charge of Field Services. He has been an assistant chief since 2014.

The Mesa police force has about 775 sworn officers and a total staff of about 1,200, with a budget of $175 million.

Batista "was chosen because I believe he is the best fit for our community and organization at this time," said Mesa City Manager Chris Brady. Also in the running was Mesa interim Chief Michael Dvorak.

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