Oct 15, 2015
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today appointed Patrick Firman as the next Sheriff for the City and County of Denver. Firman will lead a department undergoing an extensive reform process, and will work alongside the Implementation Team led by Executive Director of Safety Stephanie O’Malley to effect the recommendations provided in the comprehensive report for reform of the Denver Sheriff Department.
“We were looking for someone with the ability and past performance to provide the strategic direction and vision necessary to bring about positive and lasting change for the department, and I believe we’ve found that leader in Patrick Firman,” Mayor Hancock said. “His is a record of excellence, fairness and effectiveness, one that will serve Denver well as we move forward with the critical reform process. With his appointment, I’m excited for the new day that this will bring to our Sheriff Department and our community."
With over 24 years of uniformed and jail management experience, Firman served as Deputy Chief of Corrections for the McHenry County, IL Sheriff’s Office from 2009 to 2014, and Deputy Chief and Chief of Corrections for the Lake County, IL Sheriff’s Office from 2000 to 2009. In these roles, he has overseen jail systems of hundreds of inmates and department staff as well as managed multi-million dollar budgets.
“I’m greatly honored that Mayor Hancock has entrusted me with this responsibility. As someone who has spent a career working in this field, I am passionate about providing a high standard of care and custody to those involved in the justice system,” Firman said. “This is a department with a lot of opportunity, and I’m confident that within a spirit of cooperation and shared responsibility from city leaders and the community, we can meet the challenges of making the Denver Sheriff Department the best it can be.”
Firman carries significant expertise in corrections, penology and criminology along with a keen eye for process improvements and organizational accountability. He served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Correctional Association, and is a certified American Correctional Association auditor and executive, and Department of Justice PREA auditor. He is also certified in Approved Instructional Expertise in Human Behavior by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Firman shared his expertise as a professor at the Chicago area’s College of Lake County and Trinity International University.
In the coming weeks, Firman will meet with members of the Denver Sheriff Department, as well as members of the Denver community, to introduce himself and gather feedback on the continued reform efforts.
“A great deal of thoughtful work has gone into the reform process to date. The collective efforts of sheriff department staff, public safety stakeholders and committed community members has laid the foundation for meaningful reform that will be valuable to our new Sheriff,” said Executive Director O’Malley.
The national search for Denver’s new Sheriff was conducted by Hillard Heintze, one of the independent assessment firms selected to deliver a comprehensive report for reform of the Denver Sheriff Department. A search committee was then convened by Mayor Hancock to vet and interview applicants. The Sheriff selection process was modeled after the national search for the Denver Police Chief in 2011.
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