Steamboat deputy police chief announces retirement 3 days after police chief resigns

Scott Franz
Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae, left, Deputy Chief Bob DelValle
Courtesy Photo

— Steamboat Springs Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle, who has been on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation into accusations that he helped create a hostile work environment within the Steamboat Springs Police Department, has announced his retirement effective Aug. 28.

DelValle’s retirement comes days after the resignation of Police Chief Joel Rae.

The announcement also comes on the eve of the expected public release of the findings of the independent investigation that focused on the city’s top two police officials.

Rae and DelValle have been the subject of the investigation, which was prompted by a letter written by former detective Dave Kleiber.

The city hired an independent investigator, Kathy Nuanes, to look into the accusations.

The investigation is now complete, and City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Friday a public summary of the investigator’s findings was released after the Steamboat Springs City Council executive session Tuesday night.

“I want to thank Deputy Chief DelValle for 30 years of dedicated service to this community both in the Police Department and as a leader with Civil Air Patrol,” Hinsvark said in a news release announcing the retirement.

DelValle has worked for the police department for nearly 30 years, starting as a patrol officer in 1985.

Before to serving as deputy chief, DelValle was a youth narcotics officer, a detective and a captain.

DelValle could not immediately be reached on his cell phone Monday morning to discuss his retirement.

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

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