City of Craig names interim chief of police
Nearly one week after the resignation of Craig Police Department Chief of Police Jerry DeLong, the City of Craig has named an interim chief for the department.
According to a news release from the city Wednesday afternoon, City Manager Peter Brixius announced Michael Cochran as the city’s interim police chief with an estimated start date to occur in two weeks.
“Cochran is familiar with Craig PD as he formerly worked for the department prior to taking his current position as Deputy Sheriff and Emergency Management Coordinator for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. He has led a distinguished law enforcement career which began in 1989 as a patrol deputy for the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department in Dallas, Georgia and has most recently served in an interim police chief position for the City of Powder Springs in 2017,” the city statement reads.
Cochran holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University and has almost completed a master’s degree in Public Policy/Administration from Liberty University.
“Cochran has been recognized with many notable service awards and the City of Craig is confident in the experience he brings to the organization and to our community,” the statement says.
Sheriff KC Hume, who has worked closely with Cochran for the last year in his role as Emergency Management Coordinator for Moffat County, said that Cochran is a consummate pro and will handle the transition to interim chief of police well.
“Mike is a consummate professional, both in my experience with respect to his law enforcement engagement, and most recently in his Emergency Management role,” Hume said. “Based off of his professional career and life experience, I think he has the exposure to position himself and the Craig Police Department in the right direction moving forward. He has a wealth of knowledge in an overall public safety lens.”
Prior to Wednesday’s interim chief announcement, Brixius stated on Friday, Feb. 12 that City Attorney Heather Cannon would be “supporting the agency for the next couple of weeks as an additional resource.”
When reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Cannon stated that she will “continue to support the department where they need support until Mike Cochran takes over.”
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