Street dedication Thursday for outgoing Steamboat police chief



JD Hays

— A street is being dedicated Thursday in honor of retiring Steamboat Springs Police Department Chief JD Hays.

A ceremony is at 11 a.m. to dedicate JD Hays Way. The street connects U.S. Highway 40 to Pine Grove Road near the Mountain Fire Station and never has had an official name.

“If anyone deserves to have their name on a street or park, it’s certainly JD,” said Steamboat Police Capt. Joel Rae, who will serve as interim chief.

Speakers at the ceremony will include City Manager Jon Roberts, former City Manager Paul Hughes, City Council President Bart Kounovsky and former council President Loui Antonucci.

Hays is a veteran member of the department, having joined in 1980 as a patrol officer. He worked in Los Angeles before coming to Steamboat, and his career in law enforcement spans 37 years.

Hays was promoted to captain in 1983 and became assistant chief in the mid-1990s. In 1997, he was named the director of public safety. His job title changed to chief in 2009.


greenwash 5 years, 3 months ago

Hopefully he never gets arrested for soliciting sex for meth or meth for sex.....however it works ....You know what I mean .


Scott Wedel 5 years, 3 months ago

There was the retired Sheriff that got a jail named after him and just recently he was arrested for a meth for sex case and so now has the honor of living in the jail that was named after him.

And so is the danger of naming something after someone still living

It would have made more sense to rename Gossard Parkway or whatever it is called after him so when the police are dispatched to troublemakers on that road to nowhere that they would have been invoking the name of a former police chief.


spidermite 5 years, 3 months ago

greenwash, Looks like Scott missed your comment.


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