Oro Valley Police Chief Kara M. Riley has been a police officer since February 1992. Prior to being a police officer, she worked in the corrections field for five years, at both adult and juvenile jails. From 1993 to 2004, she was a police officer and sergeant with the Tucson Airport Authority. In 2004, she started her career with the Oro Valley Police Department. She held responsibilities in all aspects of the department before being appointed Chief of Police in February 2020.

Kara holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Sociology and a master’s degree in Education. In 2012, she graduated from Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School. In September 2015, she graduated from class 261 at the FBI National Academy.

Kara had the fortunate opportunity to grow up overseas in Taiwan, Abu Dhabi and Sudan, Africa. Her father is a retired professor from the University of Arizona in the field of environmental studies. She is a mother to a University of Arizona student and aunt to six nieces and nephews. She enjoys fishing, watching any sport the University of Arizona is playing, CrossFit and spending time with her husband, Joseph Shelley.

Some pics from our March 10 meeting.