Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores has recognized Payson Police Detective Michael McAnerny as Officer of the Quarter for his years of service, professional attitude and assistance to the county attorney’s office.
In a prepared statement, Flores said McAnerny does a thorough job with each case, taking the time to meticulously document an investigation so victims of criminal activity have their cases completed quickly.
“McAnerny is a hard-working reliable detective who exhibits excellent law enforcement poise and work ethic.
“It is with great honor that the Gila County Attorney’s Office acknowledges Detective McAnerny and we commend him for his hard work and dedication to our county,” Flores said.
“Detective McAnerny serves the citizens of Payson well and is an asset to the Payson Police Department. We are lucky to have him working in Gila County.”
The Payson Police Department hired McAnerny in 2006 after he left the Phoenix Police Department, where he worked for six years.
While with the PPD, McAnerny worked as a patrol officer and Payson High School’s resource officer. In May 2009, McAnerny was promoted to detective. That same year, McAnerny won the annual Officer of the Year award from the Payson Rotary Club.
Four times each year, the Gila County Attorney’s Office recognizes a member of the Gila County law enforcement community for their service in the prosecution of criminal cases.
The county attorney’s office reviews numerous recommendations, but selects the officer that best illustrates an exemplary attitude and work ethic.
In the past year for example, McAnerny put together four cases against one suspect for defrauding four separate business victims.
In one case, McAnerny received surveillance video from a bank where a woman in a damaged truck is seen withdrawing cash using a company ATM card. McAnerny proved that the truck belonged to the suspect by following leads and questioning four subsequent owners of the vehicle.
“Detective McAnerny is very professional and his passion and energy are infectious. He never runs out of energy and he will not end his investigation until all leads have been exhausted.”