Retired Police Chief Jerry Oliver Sr. joins Credit Union West to serve on board of directors

GLENDALE, AZ (March 28, 2023) — Credit Union West is pleased to announce the newest member of their Board of Directors, Jerry Oliver Sr. As a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative, Credit Union West’s Board of Directors is made up of volunteers who help guide the credit union in supporting its members’ financial goals. Oliver’s distinguished career as a leader in public service makes him a valuable addition to the board.

“We’re excited for Jerry to join our Board,” said Karen Roch, President and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Union West. “He has years of experience in public service, and we look forward to seeing his innovative leadership in action.”

Oliver is a Vietnam veteran and an Arizona native. He served as Executive Assistant Police Chief for the Phoenix Police Department before moving on to serve as police chief in three other cities across the country. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from Arizona State University.

Oliver made his way back to Arizona when he was appointed as a Special Policy Advisor by the Attorney General in 2004. He was later appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to Director of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. Throughout his career, Oliver has won many awards, including the Motorola Webber Seavy Award for Policing Excellence by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and has served with various community organizations.

“As I’ve learned more about the history, growth, and success of Credit Union West, I’m eager to use my professional experiences to help further the mission of this award-winning credit union,” Oliver said.

About Credit Union West

The Credit Union West tradition had the honor of beginning in 1951 as Luke Federal Credit Union. Originally located on Luke Air Force Base, the organization’s mission was to enhance the lives of military members and their families through being a trusted provider of financial services. Today, Credit Union West embraces the same commitment to the military and now has expanded to include all who live, work or worship in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, Yuma, Mohave, Coconino, Cochise, Navajo, Apache, and Gila counties. Credit Union West serves over 90,000 members with more than $1.1 billion in assets. The credit union’s core principles have guided its decisions, which in turn has ensured integrity and trusted member service. Federally insured by the NCUA. Learn more at

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Ryan O’Connor
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