Commander Zac Cummard joined the Chandler Police Department in October of 2002 and graduated from the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy as a POST-certified peace officer in February of 2003. While assigned in a patrol capacity, he pursued additional opportunities to serve as a police instructor, terrorism liaison officer, and City of Chandler mentor.
In 2015 he promoted to the rank of sergeant and continued with patrol responsibilities until 2016 when he was assigned to supervise the Police Technology Unit. He promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2018 and assumed watch commander responsibilities in the Desert Breeze Precinct. In 2020 he was assigned to be the acting manager of the Police Technology Unit. In 2021 he was invited to become a member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission’s policy team for Information, Technology, and Systems Improvement. In February of 2022 he was promoted to the rank of commander and formally assumed command of the reorganized Information & Technology Section which is comprised of the Technology Unit, the Data, Analysis, & Reporting Team, and the Intelligence Analysis Unit. In 2023 he was assigned command of the Desert Breeze Precinct.
Commander Cummard has been actively involved with community service organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Special Olympics of Arizona. He has served on the State Council of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics since 2012 and most recently held a position as that organization’s State Director from 2020 to 2022. In 2023 he was appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police LETR committee. As an attorney, he has provided volunteer service with the Maricopa County Superior Court, the Town of Gilbert Prosecutor’s Office, and the Judicial Branch of Arizona’s Probate Lawyers Assistance Project. He has also provided pro bono legal assistance through the American Indian Law Clinic.
Professional memberships include the International Association of Crime Analysts, the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation & Alumni Association, the American Bar Association, the Arizona Bar, the Maricopa County Bar Association, and the National Eagle Scout Association.
Commander Cummard holds an Associates of Applied Science with a certificate in Law Enforcement Technology from Rio Salado Community College, an Associates of Arts from Mesa Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Management of Technical Operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Juris Doctor from Phoenix School of Law, and a certificate from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.