|Chief White announces his selection of Commanders
Chief of Police Robert White announced today his selection of Commanders, one of the major steps in the Denver Police realignment. These Executive Leaders bring 240 plus years of total law enforcement experience to the Commander positions.
“The selection process was rigorous and thorough. There were numerous well qualified individuals that applied for these positions which made my decision very difficult. I’m confident those selected will help lead this department in the right direction and we will continue to benefit from the expertise and talents of those outstanding officers that were not chosen,” said Denver Police Chief Robert C. White.
The following officers have been selected as commanders:
- District 1 - Lieutenant Paul Pazen
- District 2 - Captain Michael Calo
- District 3 - Commander Joe Montoya
- District 4 - Commander Mona Lisa Fair
- District 5 - Lieutenant Les Perry
- District 6 - Commander Antonio Lopez
- Major Crimes - Captain Ron Saunier
- Vice/Narcotics/Gang/Intelligence - Lieutenant Mark Fleecs
- Special Operations - Lieutenant Patrick Phelan
- Administrative Management - Lieutenant Magen Dodge
“I have a lot of respect for Chief White and the way he included community members from all over Denver to be a part of the commander selection process. It did two things, it proved that our Chief values community input and community policing. It also showed that we have incredible leadership in the Denver Police Department at every level. It was extremely tough to narrow down the almost 40 candidates to just 6 - they were ALL EXCEPTIONAL. As a resident of the City and County of Denver and the Councilman for District 8, I feel confident in the direction the Denver Police Department is headed. We are in good hands,” said Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks.
“As former Manager of Safety, I was very impressed in the development of police leadership, commitment to community policing, and who understand the need for change and to support Chief White in his mission to refocus the vision of the department to serving the public in such a way as to restore confidence and trust in the Denver Police Department”, said former Manager of Safety Butch Montoya.
The new commanders will be sworn into their new positions at an upcoming promotional ceremony in mid-April.