Police detective promoted to captain

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Longtime Steamboat Springs police Detective Robert Del Valle was promoted to detective captain Friday. Del Valle assumed his new position on Christmas.

Steamboat Springs Public Safety Director JD Hays said he told Del Valle he had been promoted Dec. 23.

"I'm just very pleased to be able to promote him to captain," Hays said.

Hays said that after Capt. Richard Crotz left the department in November, Hays received two applications from detectives and one application from a police officer for the position.

Hays said Del Valle's experience and years with the police department were determining factors.

"Bob is well-liked. He's honest and up front, and he just been doing this longer. It was his time," Hays said.

"It was really a tough decision. I thought about it a good couple of weeks. All the candidates were outstanding guys."

Del Valle has worked for the police department for 20 years and was involved in every major criminal investigation in the city during those years, Hays said.

Hays said that as detective captain, Del Valle will be responsible for overseeing major misdemeanor and felony investigations in Steamboat Springs, which includes assigning cases to the department's two other detectives. He also will be responsible for overseeing the police department's code enforcement, animal control and community service officer divisions.

Hays said Del Valle is not required to continue investigating crimes, though he said he would be surprised if Del Valle was able to stay away.

"I'm sure he'll keep his fingers in the pie," Hays said.

Del Valle said he is looking forward to taking the next and possibly last step in his career by assuming this new position.

"This position will be the culmination of 25 years of work. It's nice to finish your career in an administrative position," Del Valle said.

Before working in Steamboat, Del Valle worked as a patrol sergeant and a detective sergeant for the Sheridan Police Department. He also worked as chief investigator for the 14th Judicial District from 1978 to 1980. He was a member of the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors from 1980 to 1994. He is active in the Steamboat Springs Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and the Routt County Child Protection Team.

Hays said he has notified the department about Del Valle's promotion and is actively seeking to hire a new detective.

In the next couple of weeks, Hays said he expects to receive about 10 applications for the position.

Hays said he is not opening the position to outside applicants.

"We have plenty of people within this organization who are more than capable of filling that position," he said.

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