City hires search firm to help recruit next police chief |

City hires search firm to help recruit next police chief

Scott Franz

— The city of Steamboat Springs has launched a nationwide search for its next chief of police.

City Manager Deb Hinsvark selected KRW Associations, an executive search firm based in Colorado Springs, to head up the search. Community members will also serve on the selection committee.

When four to five finalists are selected, they will be brought to Steamboat for interviews and to meet with members of the community.

Hinsvark said the search process should take about 90 days.

The process the city is using now to find a new police chief is a departure from the last time a new chief was named.

After J.D. Hays announced his retirement in 2012, then City Manager Jon Roberts quickly promoted Joel Rae from patrol captain to chief.

Rae resigned last month shortly before some of the findings of an internal police investigation were released to the public.

Rae had been with the police department since 1996.

A former police detective accused Rae of creating a hostile work environment.

The police chief position is being advertised with a salary range of $93,600 to $145,200, depending on qualifications.

The city manager will make the hiring decision.

Hinsvark said the plan is not to have the new police chief also serve as the city’s director of public safety and also oversee the fire department like Rae did.

Interim Police Chief Jerry DeLong will continue to lead the police force until a new chief is named.

On Tuesday, DeLong will talk to the City Council about changes he plans to implement in the wake of the internal police investigation.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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