End of an era

Det. Ross Kelly's police service longest in department's history


Past Event

Steamboat Springs police Det. Ross Kelly's retirement party

  • Friday, March 2, 2007, 5:30 p.m.
  • Steamboat Smokehouse, 912 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free



Police officer Ross Kelly is retiring from the Steamboat Springs Police Department after 32 years. Kelly joined the force as a patrol officer but worked his way up to running investigations specializing in computer-based and high-tech crimes.


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Police officer Ross Kelly, seen here in 1975, will be retiring after 32 years of service.

— When Ross Kelly began working for the Steamboat Springs Police Department, his intentions were to stay for a few years to help build the department.

That was 1974, more than three decades ago.

Now, at 55, Kelly is ending his law enforcement career. After stints as a patrol officer, detective, complex financial fraud investigator, volunteer, educator and 20 years as a deputy coroner, Kelly is retiring.

On Wednesday, Kelly recounted some of his favorite memories and what he'll miss about walking through the department's double doors at 840 Yampa St.

"I think being able to help people deal with some of their problems is what I'll miss the most," he said. "It has been a lot of fun."

Kelly joked that he decided it was time to open new doors when he began arresting and dealing with a third generation of Steamboat residents.

"It's interesting when you hear someone say, 'He was good to your grandpa back then,' and, 'he was good to me, too," Kelly said.

"There's no doubt Ross has been an icon with the Steamboat Springs Police Department," Capt. Bob Del Valle said.

As his supervisor, Del Valle said Kelly was an exemplary employee who was dependable and always willing to pick up extra duties "to get the job done."

"He was always there, especially when I'd break my computer and he'd come and fix it so I could do my job," he said. "I just hope Ross enjoys his retirement more than he enjoyed his 32 years working as a (police department) officer."

Diane Moore, executive director of Advocates Against Battering and Abuse, has worked with Kelly for 24 years. She said she will miss his professionalism and understanding in sensitive cases such as sexual assaults.

"I truly have found Ross to be sensitive and respectful in his questioning and investigating all the cases we have collaborated on," she said. "He will be missed."

Public Safety Director J.D. Hays, who has been with the police department for 27 years, said Kelly will be hard to replace, not only because of his technical skills, but because of the contributions he has made to the department over the past three decades.

"We've always had a good team, and Ross was an integral part of that," he said. "He has his fingers stuck in everything - he knows a lot of people and a lot of people know him. He's very well liked in our organization."

The police department is hosting a retirement party for Kelly on Friday and encourages anyone who knows Kelly to stop by.

-To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com


cybergypsy 10 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Ross for your service to Steamboat Springs...the PD and the entire community will miss your professionalism and dedication. Now go find new ways to have some fun!


Scott Wedel 10 years, 2 months ago

He is a good guy.

But oh no, with him gone won't lawlessness run rampant in Steamboat?

Any guesses how the nut cases will blame this on Gary Wall?


fish 10 years, 2 months ago

I am just curious as to how many computer-based and high tech crimes we have had committed in Steamboat Springs over the last (oh I don't know) 25 years? I am not saying he has don't done a good job. Just curious! Anyone out there have any idea? Also, what is his arrest record?


another_local 10 years, 2 months ago

Over the years, I have had several chances to interact with Ross: a forged check paid to my business, an employee that was having difficulties and a case of vadalism at my property. I agree with the story. He is a pro and an asset to the community.

Thanks for your service Ross. Enjoy yourself!


JQPUBLIC 10 years, 2 months ago

Way to go Wedel (Any guesses how the nut cases will blame this on Gary Wall?) if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black!! Worried about lawlessness in Stmbt...have them hire your do nothing friend from the OCPD to protect you, and then you can worry about Stmbt business instead of sticking your nose in where you don't even have a vote.

Way to go Mr. Kelly, anyone that can last for 32 years in police work deserves a great retirement, enjoy yourself... and thank you.


whyquestion 10 years, 2 months ago

ditto above!!!!!! you earned my respect many years ago. have a great retirement!!!!!!


fish 10 years, 2 months ago

Davinci, yes I have heard of it. Steamboat Police investigated this scam? Did they trace it back to SS or was an arrest made in Steamboat regarding this scam? How many child predators has SSPD arrested that were using the internet to lure their victims?


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