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Captain moves on, Duran may move up

Dennis Webb
News Editor

The commander of the Glenwood Colorado State Patrol office is assuming the same position in the agency’s Golden office.

Capt. Scott Friend is leaving Glenwood Springs after two years on the job in Glenwood.

Friend’s transfer is effective today, said Sgt. Rich Duran, who is serving as acting captain in Glenwood Springs pending selection of a replacement for Friend.

One hopeful to be that replacement is Duran himself.

Duran said he will go through the testing process for the position. The hiring decision will be made by Lonnie Westphal, chief of the State Patrol.

“If I can score well in the promotional process and be recommended by the chief then I’d love to stay in Glenwood Springs,” said Duran.

Duran has spent his entire State Patrol career in Glenwood Springs, starting in 1992. He was promoted to sergeant in September 2000, as Friend came on board.

Prior to being promoted and assigned to Glenwood Springs, Friend previously served as a sergeant in Sterling. Duran said Friend decided he wanted to return to the Front Range.

Friend could not be reached for comment.

Friend had replaced the late Fred Bitterman, the longtime captain of the local office who died in a boating accident on Lake Powell.

Duran said Friend did a good job, following the difficult transition that came with the loss of Bitterman.

“Any time you lose somebody the caliber of Capt. Bitterman you lose a great deal,” said Duran.

Unlike Friend, Duran hopes to remain in the mountains, having grown up in Eagle County. That explains his decision to seek the captain assignment in Glenwood Springs.

“I think we have a good team of troopers that work up here, plus I love the area in Glenwood,” he said.

The local office covers Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties.

Duran said a replacement for Friend probably will named in mid-October.


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