Officer Honored For 24 Years With Ppd

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Detective Sgt. Tom Tieman of the Payson Police Department will be recognized as the officer of the quarter at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27 by the Gila County Attorney's Office in the supervisor's meeting room in Globe.

Tieman was hired by the Payson Police Department in August 1982 as a police dispatcher. On July 2, 1983, he was promoted to police officer.

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Payson Police Detective Sgt. Tom Tieman began his law enforcement career 24 years ago as a dispatcher.

In June 1987, he was promoted to the position of police detective.

During his time as police detective, he investigated many high profile cases, one being the Century Ford case in which there were numerous counts of fraud and forgery charged against a local businessman.

In January 1993, Tieman was promoted to sergeant and assigned to oversee the investigation division of the police department.

He also oversees the school resources officers and grant program associated with the police officers being assigned to schools.

Tieman also oversees the Payson Animal Control Officer and the property custodian for the department.

Tieman has supervised many extensive investigations, including the Payson 11 case that involved 11 individuals charged in connection with the homicide of a local businessman.

The Payson police detective was also in charge of the evacuation center, which was maintained in the community for several weeks during the Rodeo-Chediski fire.

Tieman, in his 24 years of service as a police officer, has assisted the Gila County Attorney's Office in the successful prosecution of many serious offenders. Most recently, he was a key witness in the trials against Kevin Kuhlman for murder and Jim Dale Calhoun for child molestation.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores called Tieman's participation in the prosecution of both cases as integral to the successful verdict.

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