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Retiring Steamboat Springs police Chief JD Hays, middle, laughs with his successor, Capt. Joel Rae, right, and former Steamboat Springs City Manager Paul Hughes on Thursday during a ceremony in which a street was renamed JD Hays Way.

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Retiring Steamboat police Chief Hays put ‘community 1st’

When JD Hays first interviewed with the Steamboat Springs Police Department, the Los Angeles cop had never heard of Steamboat, and it was snowing so hard he couldn’t see his hand in front of his face.

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