Chief McConnell began his employment with the Horizon City Police Department on October 26, 2009. Relocating from the State of Iowa, the Chief has served in law enforcement for 32 years, 25 years at the rank of Police Chief. In 2008, the Chief earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration from Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona. In addition to serving as Police Chief, he also serves as a graduate level Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice.
The Horizon City Police Department consists of 21 sworn full-time officers, 1 Administrative Assistant, and 15 Telecommunicators. Horizon City has grown from a population of 5,000 in the year 2000 to 18,769 in the recent 2012 estimated census.
Assistant Chief Manuel Rico has been with the Horizon City Police Department since 1996. He is one of the few officers who has been witness to the explosive growth in this community.
Chief Rico is responsible for the oversight of daily patrol operations as well as the specialized CID and Warrants divisions of the Police Department in order to provide the best possible professional police service, and maintain a safe community for the citizens of the Town of Horizon City.
Chief Rico conducts reviews of officer conduct complaints and develops officer improvement strategies in officer field performance.
Chief Rico manages the selection and training of new police officers. When necessary, Chief Rico initiates the action necessary for recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, training, commendation, and disciplining of officers.