Oak Creek will soon have police chief

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The town of Oak Creek will have a new police chief soon. Oak Creek Town Board announced plans Thursday night to hire Guitano Farnan after he completes the required courses to become certified by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.

Farnan will be taking the courses at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, town clerk Nancy Crawford said.

Farnan moved to Oak Creek from Richmond, Va. He was one of 50 applicants for the position. Twenty applicants were interviewed by phone, and eight were interviewed in person, Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said.

Farnan will be replacing Chief Timothy Willert, whose resignation was effective Aug. 20. Willert moved to South Dakota with his wife, who was employed as the town treasurer.

Oak Creek also lost a police officer this month. Officer Felipe Nardo turned in his resignation letter Sept. 18, Rodeman said. His resignation was effective the same day. As for his reasons, Nardo sited a need to be closer to his family.

The Oak Creek Police Department now includes Officer Linda Koile and Officer Eileen Rossi. Koile previously was employed as the town's code enforcement officer.

"She put herself through the academy while working as a code enforcement officer," Rodeman said. "She paid for her own training. She is dedicated, committed and loves Oak Creek."

In other business, the town board opened for public comment the matter of building a roof on the ice rink.

"No one had anything negative to say," Crawford said. "It has been before the planning commission the week before, so we will be going forward (with the construction)."

The town of Oak Creek received a Great Outdoors Colorado grant in the amount of $200,000 to build the roof. Concern about the affordability of the project was discussed when the price of steel went up.

"The price did go up, but there is still enough funding to proceed," Crawford said.

Construction will begin as soon as the steel arrives in a few weeks. Volunteers will do most of the construction.

"We have volunteer crane work, a volunteer project manager," Crawford said. "We had some concrete donated. Steel work is being donated, and the county also is going to contribute some equipment and man hours for removal of gravel."

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