Police chief credits fellow officer and citizen with saving officers life

Pinetop-Lakeside Police Chief David Sargent speaks during an Oct. 24 press conference with Arizona Department of Public Safety officials in Phoenix. Sargent resigned Wednesday from his position as chief of police.

PINETOP-LAKESIDE — Pinetop-Lakeside Police Chief David Sargent resigned his position with the town Wednesday, Dec. 13, The Independent has learned.

Commander Dan Barnes confirmed Thursday morning that Sargent resigned, but did not comment further. He instead referred all inquiries to Town Manager Keith Johnson.

Johnson was attending a meeting in Show Low on Thursday morning and was not immediately available for comment.

Sargent, via text message, confirmed to The Independent that he had, indeed, resigned Wednesday, simply stating, “Yes, I did.” However, he did not provide a reason.

He started with the department more than 14 years ago as a patrol officer, then was promoted to sergeant, commander and, finally, chief.

Before arriving in Pinetop-Lakeside, he served 13 years with the Salt Lake County (Utah) Sheriff’s Office.

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Didn’t have anything to do with the shooting October 9 of Glenn Southwood Junior

citizen lakeside


For Real Tho

Makes me wonder why he left Salt Lake. I have a lot of family up there, they'd know.
We know all about you blue by day, white by nights. One less cop taking drunk Indians up the mountain to freeze to death in the snow.


We miss David Sergeant. He actually cared about getting Justice for Kyra Lambson.

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