The article “Small mountain towns are losing officers to big cities” in Monday’s Steamboat Today” is nothing new. Having worked for the Steamboat Springs Police Department for almost 32 years, I saw this firsthand dozens upon dozens of times. Throughout the years, we literally wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on recruiting and training officers only to lose them to the Front Range for the reasons stated in the article. The Steamboat Springs Police Department is a good organization and is recognized as such by other agencies across the state as well as our own local community surveys completed during my tenure. Finding the right people to do the job for the right reasons is an expensive, long and drawn-out process, and then to lose them after a couple of years is very frustrating.
Chief of police, 1997 to 2012