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Rifle chief of police finalists named

Seven final candidates for Rifle's next police chief include the current administrative sergeant in the department and a former Garfield County undersheriff.

Current chief Daryl Meisner is retiring in July after 39 years in law enforcement, all with the department.

The finalists were selected from a group of 78 applicants. A community reception with the candidates will be held at the Rifle Municipal Court building, 201 E. 18th St., from 5-6:30 p.m., on Friday, June 29, and the public is invited.

The selection process will also include a meeting with police department employees and interviews with the City Council, City Manager John Hier, and the city's executive staff.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

• Charles Baker - 33 years of law enforcement experience; currently a division commander for the Commerce City Police Department; Baker has served as a police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, deputy chief and interim police chief. He has also worked in all divisions of the police department and as a K-9, bike patrol, SWAT and field training officer. Baker holds a master of criminal justice degree with an emphasis in executive leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for police executives, as well as the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program for public managers at CU - Denver.

• Keith Caddy - 23 years of law enforcement experience; currently a division commander with the Montrose Police Department; joined the department in 1994 after serving as a police officer in Cortez; has served as a police officer, corporal, sergeant and commander of both divisions in the agency. Caddy is a certified firearms instructor and has been a DARE officer, working in schools. He attended Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in Grand Junction, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. Caddy also holds a master of criminal justice degree in executive leadership from the University of Colorado, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for police executives and the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command.

• John Garavaglia - 39 years of law enforcement experience; currently a captain serving as a division commander with the Golden Police Department, where he has been for nine years; also served as a division commander with the Arvada Police Department, deputy chief of police for the Glendale Police Department, and police chief for the Fort Lupton Police Department. As a commander, he oversaw the national accreditation of the Golden department, and has served in all divisions of police organizations, including investigations, patrol and support services. He holds a bachelor of science degree in sociology and criminology from the University of Utah, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for police executives and the Western Institute of Police Administration through the University of Colorado at Denver.

• Kenneth Koch - 23 years of law enforcement experience; most recent assignment has been interim deputy chief of police with the Flagstaff, Ariz., Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, public information officer, and acting deputy chief. Koch has experience in administration, investigations, patrol and police operations, earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Northern Arizona University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for police executives.

• Vaughn Miles - currently the administrative sergeant for the Rifle Police Department, where he has served since 1979. Miles has been a sergeant since 1991, including as a patrol and special services sergeant. Miles is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for police executives, and holds a bachelor of science degree from Metropolitan State College (now University) in Denver.

• James Szakmeister - 28 years of law enforcement experience; currently a captain with the Fort Collins Police Department, where he has been since 1988. Szakmeister was also a police agent for the Lakewood Police Department and a police officer in Evans, Colo. Szakmeister has served as a patrol and traffic officer, detective, sergeant, administrative lieutenant, watch commander and division commander. He holds a bachelor's degree from Central Bible College and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police as well as the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program for public managers.

• Timothy Templon - former undersheriff of Garfield County; currently serving as a law enforcement advisor to the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Templon was a member of the Glenwood Springs Police Department for 10 years, where he served as a detective, sergeant, and drug task force commander. He was also a patrol deputy for the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff's Department and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for police executives.


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