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Police chief working to fill ranks at department

Former Steamboat Springs Police Department school resource officer Josh Carrell has been promoted to detective.

— A Steamboat Springs High School graduate who has spent the past 14 years at the Steamboat Police Department has been promoted to sergeant.

Josh Carrell’s promotion is the latest by Chief Cory Christensen as he works to fill the ranks in his understaffed department.

“I’m getting excited,” said Christensen, who became chief in November. “We’re getting back to full staff. It’s taking fatigue and pressure off the current officers.”

For the past four years, Carrell has been a detective. Before that, he spent four years as the school resource officer and six years working as a patrol officer.

“I’m really excited about the new chief,” Carrell said. “I think he is a great teacher, and I want the opportunity to be mentored by him.”

Carrell said he looks forward to more interaction with the public and local organizations. Carrell has served on several boards, including Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and Integrated Community.

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Carrell graduated from high school in 1997 and earned a degree from Concordia University in Wisconsin.

Christensen said six Steamboat officers applied for the position.

“That shows me there is a good group of people that are interested in being a part of the future of the department,” Christensen said.

Candidates were interviewed by community members, as well as a panel of law enforcement officers from other resort communities.

Carrell will work alongside sergeants Rich Brown and Jeff Wilson. There is still one sergeant position vacancy, which Christensen hopes to fill at the end of the summer.

Other recent promotions include officers Evan Noble and Sam Silva being named full-time detectives. There is still one vacant detective position.

Christensen also needs to promote a new school resource officer, and a nationwide search will be done to fill a vacant commander position.

Christensen said that, as promotions are made, he will continue to recruit new officers to fill vacant patrol positions.

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