Interim Chief Darius Potts, a Chicago native, started his law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department in 1991. From the beginning, Darius understood the importance of developing, cultivating and maintaining partnerships and improving the quality of life within the communities he has served.
As an officer, Darius worked various assignments including patrol, employment services and as a detective in the Drug Enforcement Bureau and the Special Projects Unit. Darius promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and supervised squads in patrol and the Drug Enforcement Bureau. In 2007, he promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to patrol and then returned to the Drug Enforcement Bureau. He was later assigned to a Phoenix Police Department South Mountain Precinct as Resource Lieutenant. He encouraged his team of community and enforcement officers to continue to serve and develop effective policing and partnership programs. Darius believes in providing his officers with an “atmosphere of success”.
In July 2015, Darius retired from the Phoenix Police Department after 23 years of service. That same year, Darius was hired by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was assigned to the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center where he helped develop a conspiracy squad and several other units and programs. Darius was later assigned as commander of the Human Resources Bureau.
Chief Potts has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Michael Ashley, Deputy Director of Police Administration
Michael Ashley started his career with the City of El Mirage Police Department in May of 2015. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of Police Administration. Michael has nearly twenty-five years of law enforcement experience at the federal, state and local levels. He is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and retired from the Peoria Police Department as their Professional Standards Unit (Internal Affairs) Lieutenant in 2013. Just prior to working for the City of El Mirage he served as the Deputy Chief for both the Arizona Department of Economic Security and then the Department of Child Safety.
Michael is a proven professional possessing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Administration of Justice Studies from Arizona State University. Michael is a relationship builder with excellent communication skills and demonstrates the ability to easily embrace differences working with both internal and external partnerships. His proven ability to lead, mentor, and manage teams utilizing law enforcement best practices will continue to benefit the citizens of El Mirage.
Randy Stewart, Lieutenant
Randy Stewart was hired as a Police Officer with the El Mirage Police Department in January 2003. While serving with the department, Lieutenant Stewart has served in a variety of assignments including: Patrol, School Resource Officer, Administration, Training, Community Relations and SWAT. Lieutenant Stewart has also served as an Administration Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant and Investigations Sergeant.
On December 20, 2015, Lieutenant Stewart assumed the role of Patrol Lieutenant. With this assignment, Lieutenant Stewart is responsible for the supervision of the Patrol Division.
Lieutenant Stewart holds a Master’s in Business Administration through the University of Scranton
and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Western International University. Lieutenant Stewart is a proud graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command Class #366.
Franco Cammarata, Lieutenant
Lieutenant Cammarata started his law enforcement career in 1996 when he was hired by the City of Williams as a Reserve Officer while serving in the Arizona National Guard full time as a Military Police Sergeant at Camp Navajo. In January 1997, Lieutenant Cammarata received a full time positon with the City of Williams as a Patrol Officer. In 1998, he transferred to the City of Glendale Police Department. During his service with Glendale, he worked as a Patrol and Field Training Officer prior to transferring to the Investigations Division in 2000, where he worked as a Violent Crimes Detective.
Lieutenant Cammarata was hired by the City of El Mirage in 2007 as a Detective during the rebuilding of the city police department. He promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and worked patrol as a sergeant until October 2016 when he transferred to the Detective Sergeant position. In August 2017 he was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant.