Deputy Constable Michelle Dyer has resigned from Gila County, Payson Regional Constable’s Office to seek the Republican nomination for the office of constable.
Dyer has 31 years of law enforcement experience. She was one of the first women appointed as a police officer in patrol for the City of Phoenix Police Department in 1976. She retired after 21 years of service in 1997, having experience in patrol and criminal investigations as a detective.
Dyer was hired as a Payson Police reserve officer in 2000, retiring in 2009 to pursue employment with Sam Brewer as his deputy constable.
Dyer enjoyed a close working relationship with both Brewer and constable clerk Cheryl Wood. When Wood took annual leave, Dyer accepted her responsibilities. Brewer trusted the office to Dyer during his vacations, as well as personal and family leave time.
Brewer chose Dyer for her job over two highly qualified men, Dyer said in a press release. After being offered the position, she passed an extensive medical exam, polygraph, and drug test as part of the background investigation as to her character and qualifications.
Additionally, former Payson Constable Gail Palmateer hired Dyer as her deputy constable in 2004 upon the recommendation from Deputy Constable Chris Haack, who shortly thereafter lost his battle with cancer. Palmateer now endorses Dyer for constable. “Michelle has confidence in the educated, informed voters of the Payson Regional Precinct” and believes “voters here are well-read and will take the time to vote for the most qualified candidate with proven experience who will serve them honorably and impartially.”
Dyer’s personal interests are camping, fishing, target-shooting and researching family genealogy.
Dyer has been happily married for 21 years and has two adult children, both of whom attend Arizona colleges.