Department of Safety announces new Deputy Manager of Police Discipline and new Commander of Internal Affairs

Department of Safety announces new Deputy Manager of Police Discipline and new Commander of Internal Affairs

DENVER, CO – March 20, 2012 – Manager of Safety Alex Martinez and Deputy Manager Ashley Kilroy today announced Jess Vigil as Deputy Manager of Police Discipline for the Department of Safety. The position is responsible for reviewing investigative files, making recommendations, and overseeing disciplinary proceedings and other administrative matters for the Police Department. 

“Jess is a retired District and County Court judge who will be a valuable addition to our team,” said Alex Martinez. “He brings extensive legal and judicial experience, including in the arena of discipline, and shares our vision of accountability, collaboration and community engagement.”  

In addition to the Deputy Manager of Police Discipline’s oversight duties, Vigil will prepare and present public reports on uses of force and other disciplinary actions, and develop, implement and maintain training programs related to Manager of Safety’s responsibilities. Vigil will begin in April.

“I’m very excited to join the team Manager Martinez has put together with Deputy Kilroy and Laura Wachter,” said Vigil. “It is a group of individuals who have a real vision, great ideas, lots of energy and a strong commitment to public service. I look forward to making a significant contribution to the efforts underway to improve the disciplinary process.”

Vigil has over twenty years of judicial experience, including seven years on the Adams County Court and 13 years on the District Court for the 17th Judicial District. 

He was also a member of the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline, the Colorado Judicial Department Board of Personnel Review, Co-Chair of the Colorado Judicial Department Court Improvement Committee, and a relief judge for several municipalities. 

Additionally, Chief of Police Robert White today announced Chief Mary Beth Klee as the new Commander of the Denver Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau. Chief White has empowered Chief Klee with the authority to select the investigators who will serve under her leadership, a new ability afforded to the position. 

“Chief Klee is a vibrant leader who will work diligently to improve the quality of investigations and identify areas for improvement in the Internal Affairs Bureau that will also serve to strengthen trust between the Department and Denver’s communities,” said Chief White. “I am confident she will ensure investigations are conducted promptly, fairly and without bias.” 

“I am honored that Chief White has placed his confidence in me and will allow me to determine the new Internal Affairs Bureau team,” said Chief Klee. “The individuals I choose will have investigation experience and supervisory experience on top of that. However, there may be exceptions for those who have a demonstrated record of superior work.”

“Deputy Kilroy and I have tremendous confidence in Chief White and in Chief Klee and are excited for the positive impact we are certain Chief Klee will make on the Bureau,” said Martinez. “However, we want to assure the continuing success of the investigative process by making an institutional change that will bring judicial oversight and decision making into the disciplinary process in a permanent way by establishing a Deputy Manager of Police Discipline for the Department of Safety.” 

Chief Klee will work closely with Vigil and brings extensive law enforcement experience to the Commander position. She has worked for the Denver Police Department since 1983, most recently as Division Chief of Special Operations. During her time with the Department, Chief Klee served as an Internal Affairs Bureau investigator for two years before being promoted to lieutenant in 1992. She was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1998, appointed Division Chief of Special Operations in 1999, and then appointed Deputy Chief of Administration in 2000. In 2007, Chief Klee was appointed to the position of Division Chief of Patrol, making her the first female officer to hold that position. After running the Patrol Division for three years, Chief Klee returned to the Special Operations Bureau in 2010.

Posted on March 20, 2012 (Archive on July 20, 2012)
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