Steamboat Springs Hayden officials have chosen the next leader for their police department.
Greg Tuliszewski will be sworn in during Thursday's Hayden Town Council meeting, and he will start his new job as chief the following week.
"I think he's going to be very good," Hayden Mayor Jim Haskins said. "He's excited to get going."
Tuliszewski has 20 years of law enforcement experience and is recently retired from the Lone Tree Police Department where he was commander. Tuliszewski also has worked at the police departments in Erie and Manitou Springs, and he has a bachelor's degree in public administration from Regis University in Denver.
Last weekend, the town interviewed five finalists for the police chief job, and community members were able to meet them at a reception Oct. 25. Haskins said the Town Council members then asked town staff members for their impressions of each of the candidates. The Town Council then ranked the candidates and chose Tuliszewski.
Haskins said Tuliszewski's calm demeanor made him Haskins' favorite.
"He was very even keeled, very level," Haskins said.
Haskins said he also was impressed with Tuliszewski's experience and specifically his work at the Lone Tree Police Department. Tuliszewski helped build the police department when the town was incorporated in 1996, Haskins said.
"He was given most of the responsibility," Haskins said. "That speaks volumes."
Tuliszewski was identified as the candidate who would be most effective in mentoring Hayden police officers and potentially a future chief, Haskins said.
That includes serving as a mentor for officer Mark Berkley, who has nine years of law enforcement experience. Berkley has been the acting chief and was one of the finalists for the chief position.
Haskins called Tuliszewski the "perfect combination" for addressing the things the town needs for the police department.
"He projects someone you can go and talk to and feel very comfortable," Haskins said.
Tuliszewski replaced former Chief Gordon Booco, who was fired for undisclosed reasons in July.
Haskins said he was very pleased with the process the town chose for selecting a chief. A search firm was hired to help identify finalists, and Haskins thought it was important to bring in someone from outside with skills and experience that current officers do not have.
Haskins said he is eager to work with Tuliszewski, and it is important for the other Town Council members to help with the transition.
“We really have to be invested in this,” Tuliszewski said.
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