Hayden seeking top cop

Four applications completed so far for new police chief

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— Hayden is continuing its search for a new police chief.

The town has been without a chief since Jody Lenahan retired on Oct. 6. The application deadline is 1 p.m. Friday.

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin said the town had four applications as of Tuesday. Martin would not disclose the names of the applicants. He did say one is a law enforcement officer in Routt County, but is not with the Hayden Police Department. Two have applied from the Western Slope and one lives outside Colorado.

"We're getting high quality candidates and that's great," Martin said.

No one at the Hayden Police Department had applied, but Martin said he expects someone will.

He anticipates about eight applications. A committee is being formed to narrow the field of candidates to three or four who will then be interviewed by the Town Board. The Town Board will decide whom to hire.

"I would like to have the citizens involved in who gets these interviews," Martin said. "We want a good representation of the community."

People interested in serving on the committee have until Nov. 2 to contact Martin at the Hayden Town Hall.

During a Nov. 2 Town Board meeting, the trustees will be asked to choose who sits on the committee. Also at that meeting, Martin said it is likely the Town Board will decide to release the names of the applicants.

At a Nov. 16 Town Board meeting, the board likely will go into secret session to interview candidates and make a decision. An announcement could be made immediately after the meeting, or once the applicant accepts the position.

The town is advertising for the chief position on the town's Web site.

Desired qualifications include five years of experience as a law enforcement officer with three years in a supervisory role preferred. Candidates should have "knowledge of a rural municipal police department and the particular challenges of life in a small community" and a "willingness to be visible in the community, to participate in school and community events and various aspects of community life."

-To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210 or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com

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