Retired Deputy Says Armer's The Man For The Job


John Armer is a professional in the truest sense of the word.

John Armer has been a professional law enforcement officer for practically his entire adult life. My name is Tom Melcher. I retired from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix in 1996 as Deputy Chief after a 35-year career and now live in the rural area North of Payson served by the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

I was a Detective Sergeant working out of the Mesa substation in 1968 when John Armer came to work for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office as a just-out-of-college patrol officer. I was immediately impressed by this quiet, serious young man who had focused his entire life's goal to that point in making a career of law enforcement.

I watched over the years as John moved rapidly up the ranks. As a sergeant, he was selected by the Sheriff's Office to attend the Northwestern University Traffic Institute where he selected police administrative courses as his curriculum. In the succeeding years, John was promoted through competitive examinations to lieutenant, captain and ultimately major, a high command position.

John Armer retired in 1989 after 21 years, having compiled an outstanding record. John is a native of Gila County and the descendant of a pioneer ranching family. He told me he thought he would go "take a break and fix up the old home place" (in the Sierra Anchas) before continuing. I knew that would be too tame for this dedicated commander and, sure enough, in a few years, John was serving as Chief of Police of Globe.

John Armer worked for me and with me during many years at the Maricopa County Sheriff's office. He planned his career by attending the University of Arizona and achieving a degree specific to the field. During his career he continued his education and supervised large and complex law enforcement operations as a top command officer in one of the largest sheriff's offices in the world. He has continued to serve as the chief of police of our county seat. Now John Armer wants to become sheriff of Gila County. He has the education, experience and track record. I can think of no one who is better suited to the task.

As I said, John Armer is a professional in the truest sense of the word.

Thomas H. Melcher, Deputy chief (retired), Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

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