I am writing in regards to the resignation of Art Fiebing as the Steamboat Springs assistant police chief. I have had the privilege of knowing Art for the past 10 years. I am saddened by his resignation and more so because I cannot be in Steamboat to see him off. But also because he will be gone upon my return in one year.
Art hired me at the Routt County Sheriff's Office when I first came to town. Within minutes of meeting him, I knew that I wanted to work for him. Art brings a high level of professionalism and a real sense of humor into this profession.
Over the years, I have never met a leader with such a talent for taking care of business in such a way that the public demands. I followed him to the Steamboat Springs Police Department where, once again, I witnessed his ability to motivate employees, react to the public's needs positively and manage a multifaceted department effectively.
Art always would say to do the right thing, say the right thing and have a good attitude when working with the public. A lot of times, it isn't what you say but how you say it, and Art assured that his people strived to do their best when contacting the public. He brought common sense to a recognized level which most departments lose sight of.
I would have to say that he completed this job with great success. The city of Steamboat Springs, Routt County and I have just experienced the loss of a great leader and one that will be missed.
Congratulations to Art on his many accomplishments. I only wish he were here with me to meet the demands of the Middle East. Thank you, Art.
Senior Adviser-National Uniformed Operations