Joel Rae watches retiring Steamboat Springs Police Department Chief JD Hays cut a ribbon during the JD Hays Way street dedication ceremony Thursday. Rae has been named the new police chief.

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Joel Rae watches retiring Steamboat Springs Police Department Chief JD Hays cut a ribbon during the JD Hays Way street dedication ceremony Thursday. Rae has been named the new police chief.

Joel Rae promoted to Steamboat police chief

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— Joel Rae has been named the new chief of the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

He replaces longtime chief JD Hays, who retired Thursday.

Steamboat City Manager Jon Roberts said he signed off on the promotion Tuesday.

“There was such unanimous support for Joel being chief, and going through a recruiter would have just been a procedure,” Roberts said.

Rae most recently has reported to the police chief as the captain of the patrol division. He started his law enforcement career in 1992 and joined the Steamboat department in 1996.

Rae said he’s looking forward to continuing to work with a “great city and great staff.”

According to the city’s Financial Services department, Rae’s salary will be $93,329.

Hays said he identified Rae as his preferred replacement several years ago, and Hays began shifting his responsibilities at that time.

“I’ve kept a pretty low profile for the last two or three years,” Hays said. “I wanted him to have the job, he deserves to have the job, and he got the job, and that’s exactly what I wanted.”

Rae said he plans to hire a new captain to oversee the patrol department.

“That will be evaluated over the course of the next few weeks,” Rae said. “I think we have some very capable candidates from within the department.”

Comments

Paul Timmons 2 years, 8 months ago

Loosing JD as the leader of that Department could have been a setback. He really was a dedicated professional. Joel Rae, can certainly fill those shoes, and the community really is lucky to have two chiefs of their caliber throughout the past and future years. Whoever made the choice to select J RAE did a solid to that Department.............

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Jeff Thalmayer 2 years, 8 months ago

Joel Rae is the finnest man I have ever worked for. His dedication to his job and community is second to none. The city will be proud to have Joel Rae as its Chief.

JD thanks for your service and the police department you formed. Enjoy the next stage of your life.

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bandmama 2 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Rae was soooo professional years ago when we needed help with an "issue". Very professional. Now if we can talk him out of the Hitler-ish Stash and make him avoid anything resembling a TURD Stash....he has my full support. HA!!!! Come on Dude, the whole stash thing is NOT doing well for pic's....JUST kidding..sort of. Good Luck and thanks for all the time spent NOT focusing on the stash and more input on the community!!! :)

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