Director, Administration of Justice Studies Program, Yavapai College
Jerald Monahan has served for more than four decades in public safety agencies throughout Arizona, including the Arizona Department of Corrections, Casa Grande Police Department, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Apache Junction Police Department, Prescott Police Department, and Yavapai College Police Department. He served in various assignments and positions throughout his policing career, including Chief Deputy at the Sheriff’s Office and Police Chief in Apache Junction, Prescott, and Yavapai College. Monahan left public safety in 2021, and took the position of Program Director in the Administration of Justice Studies at Yavapai College, where he also serves as an Associate Professor and Director of the Yavapai College Justice Institute, which he founded in the Fall of 2021.
Actively involved in addressing issues surrounding gendered violence, Monahan has served as a member of the Pinal County Domestic Violence Coalition, Co-Chair of the Pinal County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, Board member and Board President of the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse nonprofit crisis shelter, and Board member of Against Abuse, Inc. Monahan was also appointed to the Arizona Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women in 2003, and he served as Chair of the Commission from 2010 to 2013.
Monahan served on the Board of Directors, including a term as Vice Chair, for the Maricopa Association of Government’s Domestic Violence Council, and for the AVON project’s Order of Protection Task Force, where he served as Chair. He also co-chaired the East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team and the Yavapai County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. In 2008, Monahan began serving as a consultant/trainer with the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative, where he provided training and technical assistance to new and emerging teams across the nation.
Monahan previously served as the Vice President and President of the Board of Directors for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), as well as their Law Enforcement Liaison. He is currently a member of the Honorary Board for EVAWI and was previously a member of the Cadre of Experts, providing training and consulting on a variety of topics related to domestic and sexual violence.
Monahan is a certified Peace Lecturer through the International Women’s Peace Group, Los Angeles Branch, where he serves as a member. He also became a certified trainer for the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention on the Protective Factors Framework. He is the Associate Director of Training for the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence and an Advisory Board member for the National Police2Peace nonprofit.
Monahan holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership with an Emphasis on Crisis Management and Disaster Preparedness from Grand Canyon University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 230th Session.