April 2020 – We welcomed new Posse members Fran Gustafson and Claudia Brooks
March 2020- We launched our new Facebook page to keep residents updated on what’s happening with the Posse.
March 2020 – We have revised procedures during the pandemic by relocating equipment into a volunteer’s garage and dispatchers are working from home until the office reopens. But home check and patrol continue with slightly adjusted shift hours.
March 2020 – We welcomed new Posse member Jerry Coates
February 2020 – Bill Ghormley promoted to 2nd Lieutenant
February 2020 – Steve Langley was made Liaison Officer for the City of Peoria
January 2020 – New hybrid patrol vehicle was added to the fleet, it will significantly save us on gas.
January 2020 – CPR/First Aid certification classes were attended by over 20 Posse members.
This is the new Patrol Car!
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4 weeks ago
The Posse Office remodel is complete, just a little tidying to do. It looks great, here is what we did:
-We have a new floor, first new floor in about 17
years. It’s a wood grain floor and it looks awesome!
-We have painted all walls and ceiling, looks brand new!
-We purchased new office desks and chairs for the main office area (Patrol area). All of our old furniture was donated to a local charity.
Thanks to our Westbrook HOA General Manager – Karen Jones who has been instrumental in help paying for all of our painting and helping us out with our floor costs as well. Thank You! ... See MoreSee Less
Exciting News - The Posse Office is about to undergo major renovations including new flooring, paint and furniture. So from Friday 9/11 until Saturday 9/19 the office will be closed, we will reopen on Monday 9/21. During this period you can still reach us by phone and should you need a Vacation Watch Form it can be downloaded from our web site. ... See MoreSee Less
Meet Posse Officer - Sam McNutt
The term “fly the flag” is one of Sam McNutt’s favorite expressions. It means, “ To stand up for, support, or defend someone or something”. Sam is very proud of supporting, defending and serving our country with his career in the United States Air Force and his volunteer career in the Westbrook Posse.
Sam was born March 5, 1935, in rural Clarion County, Pennsylvania. Growing up in Grove City, Pa, Sam remembers attending one room school houses. He was the youngest of 5 siblings. Although he was the “baby” of the family, after
growing to his full height of (6) foot, (5) inches, Sam over towed all the family. Sam said his last name, McNutt, was a shorted form of a Scottish name “McNaughton”.
Sam is proud of his Scottish heritage, although we may find it hard to imagine him wearing a kilt!
At the young age of 19 Sam decided to leave his rural area and sought adventure. When an Air Force recruiter said to Sam, “Son, if you’re thinking about which branch of service to join, remember, you will never have to sleep in a
fox hole in the Air Force”. The decision to enlist firmly made, Sam completed basic training at Sampson Air Base, NY and was assigned in the field of communications.
His first posting sent him across the sea to Clark Field in the Philippines. With a career in the military it is common to relocate to many parts of the US and world. Sam was located at Andrews Base, Washington, DC; Alexandria, VA; the
chilling city of Duluth, MN; Scott Air Base, and the frozen tundra of Greenland.
In the 1950’s Sam applied for special duty at American Embassies. His first posting was in Karachi, Pakistan. Sam was excited about his next Embassy duty - three
years in London, England as he had always wanted to visit Europe.
The embassy he remembers fondly is Lisbon, Portugal, where
he met his wife of 53 years, Norma, who worked at the Embassy with the CIA. While in Portugal, the
couple fell in love, married and had their only child, Matthew in 1968.
Matt currently lives in Glendale and is married to a wonderful wife, Jennifer. Sam and Norma say they are very proud of their two fantastic grandchildren –
Sam smiled when he reminisced about applying for and being
accepted by the Air Force Recruiting School, one of the best salesman schools in the country. He was assigned to Erie, Pennsylvania, his home state. Sam was
selected in the “The 100 Club” for top recruiters in the country, receiving many awards. He also sponsored a Junior ROTC program for Erie high school students.
In 1975, Sam and his family were transferred to Luke Air Force Base, where he retired after proudly serving 22 years.
Owning and driving his personal RV cross country from
Pennsylvania to Arizona gave him great personal knowledge about recreational vehicles. Coincidentally, when deciding on a new career, he happened to be hired as an RV salesman by Biddulph Oldsmobile in Glendale because of his RV
knowledge. For over 30 years he successfully earned many sales awards
One year after the formation of the Westbrook Posse in 2000, Sam came on board to assist Bill Sandvig and Barry Goodman. He is the only officer to be selected as Commander (4) times: 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2018. When asked
about his popularity, Sam said, “no one else wanted it”, although we know it is
more about his dedication, management and people skills.
Sam explained that because of Sheriff Joe’s overseeing of the Posse, all officers received official Sheriff training and given authority to assist with actual crime cases. Often he and former Commander, Bill Sandvig, would work in the downtown
Phoenix Sheriff’s office along side of the Sheriff’s investigators, combing through
Throughout the last 20 years Sam has dedicated over 15,000 volunteer hours making our community safe for you. Sam is very grateful to work with the Posse
and form friendships.
The Westbrook Posse thanks Sam for his past service “flying the flag” of the Posse and hope more residents follow his stellar example and volunteer today. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Bill Sandvig for your dedication to the Posse.
Volunteering for any noble venture or organization has been at the core of Bill Sandvig’s moral fiber. “I’ve always been a volunteer all my life. Volunteering is what makes America as strong as it is”.
Anyone who knows Bill will tell you that he is calm, witty and never loses his temper. “What good would losing your temper do?” Bill says nonchalantly. This calm mannered gentleman also brings out the best in others.
Living your life serving others is one essential way to give your life purpose. The theme of volunteering is woven through every facet of his life. Bill remembers in high school volunteering at the local YMCA. He joined the High Haven Club of the YMCA to learn to dance and met the love of his life, Norma. In our interview, she smiled lovingly toward Bill as she showed me the 75 year romantic note from him that says, “High Haven is High Heaven to me because through it we met.”
Born in 1927 in Minneapolis, MN, Bill was an only child. As Bill says with his charming smile and twinkle in his eye, “why try for another child when you have a perfect one?” In high school he played in football, baseball and bowling. In 1945 he enlisted in the Navy. After returning from service, he enrolled and graduated from the University of Minnesota majoring in Science, Sociology and accounting. While in college, he kept thinking of Norma. A Sigma Chi fraternity friend was able to find Norma. The two lovebirds reunited; rekindled the spark, and married in 1949. They had (3) children: Bill who lives in Illinois, Steve who is retired and lives in Minneapolis and Laurie, a nurse living in California. It may seem Bill and Norma’s love for humanity is boundless. After the Vietnam War, Bill and Norma opened their arms to several homeless Vietnamese boys. Today, Bill is proud to say that (3) of the boys are still part of his family.
Volunteering with the Sheriff’s department in Minneapolis was another endeavor Bill is proud of and began in the early years of their marriage. It was this law enforcement background that would manifest years later for the creation of our very own Westbrook Village Posse.
Bill’s occupations and interests have always been varied, but they have thrived due to his willingness to try something new without fear of failure. While working for his father’s accounting business, Bill successfully owned (3) Star Bowling and Golf stores located in various cities in Minnesota.
Bill had always been an avid bowler and through the association with the Star Bowling, Bill was introduced to a financial backer. He became a Professional Bowler on tour through ABC and Brunswick. In the 1950s Bill became a good friend of bowling legend, Dick Weber.
Bill and Norma retired and moved to Arizona. In 1982 they were one of the first owner/residents in our Westbrook Community. In 1999 a resident,
Barry Goodman and friend of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, approached Bill to ask for his help to help create our Westbrook Posse. Bill, being an unconditional volunteer, he could not resist the opportunity of using his police background to help form and grow our Westbrook Posse along with Sheriff Joe’s keen desire to sponsor the endeavor.
Since the origin of the Posse in 1999, Bill has dedicated over 20,000 volunteer hours to make our community safe for you. He was Commander in 2000, 2001 and 2014 and Duty Sergeant for 14 years working the Saturday, the shift that no one else wanted. In 2007, with over 60 Posse units to choose from, Sheriff Joe selected Bill with the greatest Posse achievement – Posse of the Year. This month the Westbrook Posse celebrates Bill’s retirement. The perfect example of the spirit of volunteering, we ask Bill Sandvig take a bow! We appreciate everything you have done to make the Westbrook Posse an organization to be proud of – one that has served and protected our community. Let’s all remember Bill’s example, that living your life serving others is one essential way to give your life purpose and make our country strong. May more of us follow his example. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations on your retirement, and thank you for all your years of service being such an important part of keeping our community safe.
Welcome - Bryce Reichert, Westbrook Posse Patrolman
The website for the State of Wyoming describes its state, “where the untamed spirit of the West and majestic natural beauty open your mind and invigorate your senses to release your own inner freedom and sense of adventure”.
This state spirit may have been the reason why, Bryce Reichert, our newest patrol officer, was enthralled with aviation. Born and raised in Riverton Wyoming, at the early age of 16 he began flying lessons, leading to a lifetime career as a professional commercial piloting. Retiring last July from American Airlines, Bryce safely piloted thousands of passengers across our great USA for 31 years.
Bryce and his lovely wife Nancy moved to Arizona 32 years ago. They have two adult sons, both with careers in the Technology Industry, living in Portland, Oregon.
One of his favorite interests is hiking (in the cooler months) and walking when he can drag himself out of bed to avoid our brutal summer heat. Recently, he took up RC (remote control) flying of quadcopters, a type of helicopter with four rotors.
Bryce and Nancy moved to our Westbrook community about (3) years ago. When asked why he joined the Posse, Bryce said it was at the prompting of Melinda, who told him he would look great in a Posse uniform. Since he was used to wearing his Pilot attire, it made perfect sense!
You cannot miss Bryce since he is six foot, five inches and wears a friendly smile. His mild mannered and caring spirit will make him a great fit for our Posse. Welcome aboard Bryce and we hope you enjoy your journey!
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Welcome. Thanks for joining the crew at the Posse. We live in Westbrook for the winter months and Vancouver WA in summer. We lived in Portland for 4o years after emigrating from England. I was a Travel Agent in Portland for 12 years. Perhaps our paths will cross this winter.
Welcome for being here to taKe care of us ..