FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Director of Corrections’ Office
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, Mayor’s Office
Mayor Hickenlooper Announces New Director of Corrections and Undersheriff
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Thursday his selection of Denver Sheriff Department Division Chief William R. Lovingier as the new Director of Corrections and Undersheriff for the Department. Former Director of Corrections and Undersheriff Fred J. Oliva retired in February after 39 years of service with the City and County of Denver; Division Chief Lovingier was named Acting Director of Corrections while the City conducted a national search to fill the position.
A panel composed of the Manager of Safety, the Chief Judge of the Denver County Court, the Mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, representatives from the Fraternal Order of Police and the Denver Sheriff’s Union, and a community representative from the Crime Prevention and Control Commission conducted a qualification review and interview process to narrow the applicants to the top three finalists. Mayor Hickenlooper interviewed the three finalists and selected Lovingier.
“After evaluating qualified candidates from around the country, we determined that the best person for the job was already right here,” Hickenlooper said. “Bill Lovingier’s vast experience with the Denver Sheriff Department in a multitude of roles will be a tremendous asset as we implement a new computerized data management system for the jail and transition to the new Justice Center. Over his years of service, Lovingier has earned tremendous respect within the Department and the criminal justice community as a whole.”
As Director of Corrections and Undersheriff, Lovingier is charged with directing and managing the Denver Sheriff Department, Colorado’s third largest criminal justice agency with over 800 personnel, which includes two different jails, security detail for the District and County court system, state inmate transportation and extradition duties, a Community Correction Facility, and security at Denver Health Medical Center.
In his 28 years with the Denver Sheriff Department, Lovingier worked his way up the ranks from Sheriff Deputy to Sergeant to Operations Captain to Operations Major to Division Chief. In these different roles, Lovingier has worked in numerous divisions of the Department including the Denver County Jail, the Pre-Arraignment Detention Facility, Denver Health Medical Center, Community Corrections and Work Release, Court Services and Civil Division, Internal Investigations and Civil Liability, and Technology, Support and Special Projects. In recent years, he has been the Department’s lead representative on the Denver Justice Center project.
Actively involved in the community, Lovingier served as a councilman in Black Hawk, Colorado from 1987 through 1996. A current board member for the Denver Sheriff’s Orphan’s Fund, he has been an organizer and participant in the Special Olympics Torch Run, in addition to participating in many other local charity events. Lovingier is a member of the American Correctional Association, the Colorado Jail Association and a past member of the International Community Corrections Association.
Lovingier received an associate degree in criminal justice from Red Rocks Community College, a bachelors degree in criminal justice from Regis University and holds numerous specialized training certifications from local, state and federal organizations.
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