Meet the Chief
Chief Steve Henry
Steve Henry has served for 25 years in law enforcement. Currently, he proudly serves as the Chief of Police for the Midland, Texas Police Department. Prior to Midland, he served as Chief Deputy for both Law Enforcement and Adult Detention at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona and the Chandler Police Department. While serving as Chief Deputy, he implemented numerous programs and processes that completely changed the face of the Sheriff’s Office and brought positive national attention to the office. This included major technology implementation in investigations and a major upgrade for the county-wide communications system, national jail accreditation, advanced leadership training for all staff, tripling the volunteer cadre, creating the first ever DUI Task Force and Aviation Unit and numerous other positive changes. Chief Henry also served on numerous advisory boards to include the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, the Pinal County Drug Coalition and held a Governor's appointment on the Arizona Homeland Security Eastern Regional Council Advisory Board.
While serving with the Chandler Police Department, Chief Henry also distinguished himself as an innovative leader. He rose from the rank of Patrol Officer and ended his career as the Traffic Unit Commander. His service at Chandler included Field Training Officer, Academy Training Officer, SWAT, Gang Detective, Internal Affairs Investigator and once promoted he served as Sergeant in Patrol, K9’s, Neighborhood Services, SWAT, Field Training, and Bicycles. As a Lieutenant, he served as Watch Commander, District Commander, and finally as the Traffic Division Commander.
Chief Henry earned his Bachelor’s degree in History at Arizona State University and received his Masters of Education from Northern Arizona University and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government program for leaders in local and state government. Chief Henry also served in the U.S. Army as an enlisted member and later became a commissioned Officer. He has won numerous awards and unit citations, including the Police Medal of Honor and multiple citations for Meritorious Service. Chief Henry is considered an expert regarding numerous current public safety subjects and often makes presentations regarding those subjects with some being Police Transparency and Leadership, Border Security, The Jihadi threat to America, and Lessons from the Holocaust.
Chief Henry is also an Eagle Scout and attributes much of his desire to serve his country to the time he spent as a member of the Boy Scouts of America.