Mayor John Hickenlooper announced today Denver Sheriff Department Division Chief Gary Wilson will be Acting Director of Corrections and Undersheriff effective June 1. Wilson will replace William R. Lovingier, who is retiring effective May 31.
“Gary Wilson brings nearly two decades of experience working in the Denver Sheriff Department to this position and a tremendous amount of respect among his colleagues,” Hickenlooper said. “His expertise in various roles working in and out of the County’s jails will be a great asset to the department, especially as the new Justice Center opens this spring.”
Wilson will lead the Denver Sheriff Department as the Acting Director of Corrections and Undersheriff for the next year.
Lovingier has been Director of Corrections and Undersheriff since May 2006. He is retiring after working 32 years with the Denver Sheriff Department.
“Bill Lovingier is a proven leader who has successfully guided the Denver Sheriff Department through periods of great change,” Hickenlooper said. “We want to thank Bill for his outstanding public service, and we wish nothing but the best for Bill and his family as he retires.”
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 worked in numerous divisions of the Sheriff 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.
Lovingier has been active in the community, having served as a councilman in Black Hawk, Colo., 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. He earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Red Rocks Community College, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Regis University and holds numerous specialized training certifications from local, state and federal organizations.
Wilson has received numerous honors and awards during his career and served on nearly two dozen committees related to criminal justice issues. He helped the Sheriff Department acquire nearly $1 million in grant money for programs such as Court Security, the K-9 Unit, a mental health program for juveniles charged as adults and the Graffiti Work Crew Program. Wilson is a co-founder of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Colorado Chapter, and the Co-Chairman of the Racial and Gender Disparity Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Crime Prevention and Control Commission. He also is active in various community organizations such as the Christmas Toy Drive, Halloween-Safe-Night, Muscular Dystrophy, Junior Achievement Bowl-A-thon and the March of Dimes Walk America.
Wilson earned an associate’s degree from Aurora Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from Webster University. He joined the Denver Sheriff Department in 1992 as a Deputy and worked in the county jail. He later worked as a Sergeant at the Department’s training academy, as a Captain at the City’s vehicle impound facility, as a Major at the county jail and as a Division Chief of the Downtown Division. He currently works as a Division Chief in the Technology, Support and Special Projects Division.
About the Denver Sheriff Department
The Denver Sheriff Department is the third-largest criminal justice agency in the state of Colorado with more than 800 personnel and a budget of more than $94 million. Denver’s system consists of two different and distinct jails with an average inmate population of 2,000; security detail for the District and County Court system; state transportation and extradition duties; a Community Correction Facility; and security at Denver Medical Health Center. The new Justice Center is scheduled to open in April 2010.