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Gordon Booco top pick for Hayden police chief

At Thursday meeting, Town Council also will consider hiring new town clerk

Gordon Booco

— Gordon Booco is the Hayden Town Council's top pick to lead the police force into the future.

Booco, a more than 20-year veteran of the force, has served as Hayden Police Department's acting police chief for more than a year. He is expected to be promoted officially Thursday night as the department's permanent police chief.

"The council and I are confident that Gordon has the abilities to work with us to create the type of law enforcement services and department that best meets Hayden's needs as a community," Town Manager David Torgler said. "He has been an officer for the town for many years. He grew up in Hayden. He knows the people that live here and all the officers who work for the department. He has the great ability to work with other people within the community."

Booco leads a police force that includes three full-time officers, a part-time officer and multiple officers who are contracted to work at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Torgler said Booco will earn an annual base salary of $64,796 as chief, a one-step increase from his current salary.

The acting chief is a lifelong Hayden resident who graduated from Hayden High School in 1972. He was a sergeant when he was picked to serve as acting police chief during then-Chief Ray Birch's deployment to Iraq with the Air Force Reserves from July 2008 to March 2009. Booco stepped up again to serve as the acting chief in January 2011 when Birch was selected to serve as Routt County's undersheriff.

Torgler accepted applications for the police chief position in the fall but said Wednesday that he didn't conduct any interviews.

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"I did not believe any of the (applicants) were better qualified than Chief Booco," Torgler said. "We are confident he will be able to succeed and meet our goals."

Town clerk

The Town Council also will consider filling another position when it meets Thursday night. Torgler said Town Clerk Nathan Archuleta resigned suddenly March 22. Archuleta, who previously worked as a dispatcher with Routt County Communications, was hired as the town clerk in September after serving for months as Torgler's administrative assistant. Torgler said he will recommend a town clerk candidate to the council Thursday night.

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