Former police chief, trustee dies
SILT – He was known as a dependable, reliable, level-headed employee who was devoted to his job at the town of New Castle, the public office he held in the town of Silt and a devout member of his church congregation.Longtime former New Castle police chief and Silt town trustee Dennis Mahan died Friday night at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver. Mahan reportedly died of complications from pneumonia after surgery. He was 67.Mahan served as police chief for the town of New Castle from 1990 to 1998, according to former town administrator Steve Rippy. He had worked as support captain for New Castle’s police department since 1999.”As the police chief, he was what the town was looking for,” Rippy said. “He was not overly aggressive – he was very reliable. And he got along very well with the other employees. When he took over as the records clerk, he did a lot more than that. He acted as a mentor for the new officers.”
Current New Castle Police Chief Chris Sadler was emotional on Saturday afternoon after learning about Mahan’s death.”Above all, he was the most ethical man I know,” Sadler said. “I’ll miss him. There are so many great things about him – it’s going to leave a huge void.”Sadler began his law enforcement career under Mahan right out of the police academy in 1995. Sadler was a police officer for five years and a sergeant for two years before becoming the chief himself three years ago.”Dennis was dedicated, and he was a great friend,” Sadler said. “I can’t tell you how much he’s going to be missed.”
Mahan was also a Silt town trustee, having been first appointed in 2002 and then elected to office in 2004 for a four-year term.”Dennis was very level-headed and stood up for what he felt was the best for the town citizens,” said Silt Mayor John Evans. “He did not fear being a dissenter on the board and had moral, ethics and business sense. He held people to their word and was disappointed if they didn’t follow through.”Mahan had been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregation.”He was very involved and a longtime member of the church,” said LDS Bishop Don Olmstead. “He eagerly did service for anybody and everybody who asked.”
Mahan’s death now leaves a vacant seat on the Silt town board of trustees as well as an empty spot in the hearts of his co-workers, friends and family members.”He was not only liked by everyone in our department, but loved,” Sadler said. “To replace him is impossible. I don’t have the words right now to begin to say it. Personally, I’ll miss him a lot.”A full obituary is forthcoming.
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