Michael Cochran to take over as Craig police chief | CraigDailyPress.com

Michael Cochran to take over as Craig police chief

Cochran has served as interim police chief since March of 2021

From left, Craig city attorney Heather Cannon, newly permanent police chief Michael Cochran, outgoing mayor Jarrod Ogden and city manager Peter Brixius pose for a photo in council chambers Tuesday shortly after the announcement was made that Cochran's interim tag had been removed from his title as police chief.
Cuyler Meade / Craig Press

Michael Cochran will take over as chief of police in Craig after serving as interim for the department since March of this year.

Cochran had relocated from Georgia in 2017 after serving as a Major/operations Commander with the Powder Springs Police Department. He initially came to Craig as a domestic violence and sexual assault criminal investigator, and he later joined the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office as an emergency manager.

According to a release from the city, Cochran is working toward new ideas when it comes to recruitment and retention of police officers in the department. Like other fields, CPD has noted multiple vacancies that have been open for some time, and the release cites SB20-217, or the Police Reform Bill, as a potential reason for fewer applicants for these positions.

Community members can welcome the new Chief Cochran for a meet and greet on Nov. 23 at City Hall. New members of the Craig city council and mayor-elect Ryan Hess will also be present.

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