Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs police Officer Matt Harmon has been promoted to detective, replacing 30-year veteran Detective Ross Kelly.
Public Safety Director J.D. Hays made the announcement Wednesday.
"I think Matt will do great," he said. "We got a lot of kudos from the District Attorney's Office about the quality of Matt's work, and we think he'll slide into this new position without missing a beat."
Harmon has worked as a patrol officer for the Steamboat Springs Police Department since October 1999. He also served one year as a Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, or GRAMNET, officer.
Harmon was selected for the position after going through an interview process that included a physical agility test, a written exam and review by two boards. The boards consisted of community members and officers from the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office.
Kelly has worked for the Steamboat Springs Police Department for 32 years - 30 of them as a detective.
On Thursday, Kelly said hiring Harmon as his replacement was a "positive step" for the police department.
When Harmon was asked about getting for the promotion, he said, "I knew I had a chance, but I was going up against some great guys. They were all good candidates."
Kelly said he is looking forward to opening a new chapter in his life.
"I don't think I remember what it's like to not be an officer," he said. "I'm ready to see what the world looks like."
Kelly's last day with the police department is March 2.
Harmon likely will replace Kelly as the "techy" guy at the police department, Hays said.
"(Kelly) had a knowledge of computers, cameras, digital recorders. He was a real technical guy," he said. "Our anticipation is that Matt will be the new 'techy.'"
Detectives are responsible for more significant criminal investigations and crime scenes such as homicides or sexual assaults, he said.
"I'm excited," Harmon said, refering to the new detective work. "I'm looking forward to investigative work and having more responsibilty at the police department. I guess more than anything I'm looking forward to serving the community more."
Three other officers applied for the position - Officer Josh Carrell, Sgt. Rich Brown and Sgt. Nick Bosick.
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