Former Hayden chief joins Craig Police Department

Craig Police Chief Michael Cochran administers the oath of office to former Hayden Police Chief Greg Tuliszewski, who is now a lieutenant in Craig.
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Former Hayden Police Chief Greg Tuliszewski has joined the Craig Police Department as a lieutenant, brining a wealth of experience to the position that local peace officers say will be invaluable to the community.

Tuliszewski retired from the Hayden police force in January after serving as chief for 10 years. At the time, he believed he was tying the bow on lengthy and fulfilling career, and with more than 30 years in law enforcement under his belt, he had gained a great deal of experience in the field.

But when the Craig Police Department went searching for a new lieutenant earlier this year, that experience proved to be just what they were looking for.

Tuliszewski was one of two candidates to apply for the open position.

Craig Police Chief Michael Cochran stressed that Tuliszewski’s extensive practical knowledge and leadership capabilities will be of immediate benefit to the force.

“He’ll help bring up the next generation (of officers),” Cochran said.

CPD Commander Doug Conrad noted his long professional history with Tuliszewski and added that bringing him on board as lieutenant will allow for both the commander and the chief to give more of their focus to other areas of need.

Craig City Council member Chris Nichols served on the interview panel for the candidates and was present to witness the administering of Tuliszewski’s oath of office earlier this month at a council meeting.

Nichols said he believes that Tuliszewski will be an effective mentor within the department. He concurred that Tuliszewski’s background makes him a perfect fit for the position.

Nichols also credited Chief Cochran with moving the department in the right direction to entice valuable candidates like Tuliszewski. He noted that not only is the Craig Police Department fully staffed when departments across the nation are facing officer shortages, but the force’s professionalism and growth are consistently on display.

Tuliszewski himself credited recent positive changes within the Craig police force — and the city in general — for luring him out of retirement.

A resident of Craig for the past decade, he could have been content to fill his days with cross-country motorcycle rides, cruises, and caring for his three dogs, but he believes that the department is moving in a positive direction that aligns with his core beliefs about policing. And he is excited to be part of that progress.

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