Chief Mike Nuttall began his career with the Springerville Police Department in 1989. In 1989 he worked at Stone Container sharpening saws. Due to the economy taking a downward turn the saw
mill closed. He asked the Town of Springerville to sponsor him at reserve police academy, they agreed. Chief Nuttall attend the reserve police academy held at Northland Pioneer College in Snowflake. He did this on the weekends for 10 months graduating the police academy in 1990. Chief Nuttall continued his education with Northland Pioneer College and received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice in 2003.
He worked as a reserve officer for the Springerville Police Department for about 3 years. In 1993 he was hired as a full time certified officer for the department. While working as an officer he found that he had a interest in investigations. While on patrol he would follow up on his and other officers cases, this resulted in a high percentage of cases being solved. After several years of this he was promoted to detective. Chief Nuttall was the first detective for the department and also the first detective in the surrounding agencies. He has solved some very high profile cases, including a federal wolf killing case and the first capital murder case in Apache County. He worked as a detective until his promotion on 01-01-2010 to Chief of Police.
Chief Nuttall is very community oriented and volunteers for several community organization. He has been a volunteer fire fighter for about 28 yrs working as an engineer and cook for the Eagar Fire Department. He is on the local Boy Scout advancement committee and a merit badge counselor. Chief Nuttall welcomes the new challenge of being police Chief and looks forward to serving the citizens of Springerville to the best of his ability