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Application Process for Denver’s Next Police Chief Launched, Mayor Hancock Appoints Search Committee

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the launch of the application process for Denver’s next Police Chief and the appointment of 14 community leaders to a Police Chief Search Committee that will identify candidates.

“I place great value in diverse perspectives of our community members and want to ensure a wide breadth of opinions and expectations are incorporated into the selection process for the next Chief of Police,” Mayor Hancock said. “I am confident that the community leaders appointed to the search committee will provide thoughtful and valuable feedback to aid in the selection of an exceptional leader we will all be proud to call Chief.”

The newly appointed members of the Police Chief Search Committee are:

  • Troy Riggs, Search Committee Chair and Executive Director of Public Safety
  • Councilwoman Kendra Black, Denver City Council, District 4 
  • Councilman Christopher Herndon, Denver City Council, District 8 
  • Ryan Brackley, Assistant District Attorney, Denver District Attorney’s Office 
  • Technician Tyrone Campbell, Denver Police Department 
  • Linda Childears, President and CEO, Daniels Fund
  • Stephanie Donner, General Counsel, Galvanize Inc.
  • Detective Rachel Eid, Denver Police Department
  • Charlie Garcia, Executive Council Member, Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Section
  • Reverend Terrence Hughes, President, Greater Denver Ministerial Alliance
  • L. Roger Hutson, President and CEO, HRM Resources III, LLC
  • Gerardo Lopez, Executive Director, Homies Unidos
  • John McMillian, Founder, Be Better Than Average 
  • Qusair Mohamedbhai, Partner, Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC 
  • Daniel Ramos, Executive Director, One Colorado
  • Nicole Melaku, Executive Director, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Current and retired members of the Denver Police Department who have held a rank of Lieutenant or higher for at least five years can apply for the Police Chief appointment at from May 10 – May 27.

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) will review applicant submissions and advance a pool of qualified candidates to the Police Chief Search Committee. PERF is a non-profit with more than 30 years of expertise in recruiting and identifying well-qualified candidates for the appointment of Police Chief.

Before the Police Chief Search Committee reviews submissions from the pool of qualified candidates, the city will establish an email address and host four community meetings to obtain feedback on what the community expects of its next Police Chief. The input received will be considered by the committee as it works to identify six to 10 candidates to advance to Mayor Hancock for appointment consideration.