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Chief Pazen Completes Appointments to Executive Leadership Team

Denver, CO – Thursday, July 19, 2018 – Denver Chief of Police Paul M. Pazen announces today the promotion of three officers to the rank of commander and finalized the assignments of all commanders within the Department’s executive leadership team.

The 13 commanders join an executive leadership team that includes Chief Pazen, Deputy Chief Barb Archer, Division Chief of Patrol Ron Thomas, Division Chief of Investigations Joe Montoya and Division Chief of Administration Ron Saunier, whose appointments left vacancies for commanders in several assignments.

“Effective leadership is essential for success, so my primary focus since being appointed to Chief of Police has been to find the best leaders to guide and inspire the amazing women and men who work every day to serve and protect our city,” said Chief Pazen. “These leaders are the best of the best and I’m incredibly proud to be serving alongside them as we continue building positive relationships with the community, working to prevent crime and addressing social harms.”

These 13 dedicated Denver Police commanders have served the Denver community for a combined 371 years.

Photos of all Commanders District One Commander Jeff Martinez has served with the Denver Police Department for 23 years and was previously assigned as Commander of District Five. He’s a Denver native who grew up in Southwest and Northwest Denver, the community which he will now serve as District Commander. Commander Martinez has a long history of bridging the gap between officers and those they serve and partnering with community groups to help residents in need.
District Two Commander Kathy Bancroft has served with the Denver Police Department for 30 years and will continue working with the community she previously served as a lieutenant. Her assignments in North/Northeast Denver date back to 1988 when she patrolled the Five Points neighborhood as a new officer, and this is where she learned the value of community policing and the benefits of working with residents to have the greatest impact on crime prevention. 
District Three Commander Rick Kyle has served with the Denver Police Department for 22 years and was previously assigned as Commander of the Training Division where officers are first taught the fundamentals of community policing, de-escalation techniques and safe, respectful interactions with residents. He is a strong believer in community engagement and is committed to fostering meaningful partnerships between officers and the residents they serve.    
District Four Commander Mark Fleecs was assigned to this position in 2015 and will continue serving in this role where he has demonstrated effective strategies for building connections and trust with youth and Spanish-speaking and immigrant communities through partnerships with schools and faith-based organizations. Commander Fleecs has served with the Denver Police Department for 27 years.

 

District Five Commander Marcus Fountain has served with the Denver Police Department for 27 years and was previously assigned as Commander of the Operations Support Division. He has an extensive history of command-level assignments in operations, investigations and patrol and will use that experience to help address issues facing residents in the district.

District Six Commander Aaron Sanchez has served with the Denver Police Department for 26 years and was previously assigned as a lieutenant in the Investigative Support Division. He is a Denver native who has years of experience serving as a Neighborhood Police Officer, during which he helped to organize youth outdoor recreation events and community events benefitting residents. Commander Sanchez has worked extensively with Denver Public Schools and created a scholarship for student athletes.
Major Crimes Division Commander Mark Chuck has served with the Denver Police Department for 29 years and was previously assigned as Captain of the Traffic Operations Section where he was instrumental in Denver’s Vision Zero initiative and partnered with numerous community-based traffic safety organizations. Commander Chuck has 13 years of command-level experience, including patrol, Internal Affairs and the Pattern Crimes Bureau.
Commander Magen Dodge will serve as a liaison to the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) and Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, which is an opportunity to enhance citywide emergency and safety preparedness. She has served with the Denver Police Department for 20 years and was previously assigned as Commander of District Three. 
Airport Police Division Commander Michael Calo was assigned to this position earlier this year and will continue serving in this role. He has served with the Denver Police Department for 33 years.
Investigative Support Division Commander James Henning was assigned to this position in 2016 and will continue serving in this role. He has served with the Denver Police Department for 29 years.
Special Operations Division Commander Patrick Phelan was assigned to this position in 2012 and will continue serving in this role. He has served with the Denver Police Department for 38 years.
Administrative Management Division Commander Lisa Fair was assigned to this position in 2014 and will continue serving in this role. She has served with the Denver Police Department for 31 years.
Conduct Review Division Commander Michael Battista was assigned to this position in 2012 and will continue serving in this role. He has served with the Denver Police Department for 36 years.

A video of today’s announcement is available here