Glenwood swears in three new officers
The Glenwood Springs Police Department added three new officers Friday.
Levi Blount, Evan Wagstrom and Tim Wheeler were sworn in during a ceremony held at City Hall. All are graduates of Colorado Mountain College’s Colorado Law Enforcement Academy. The officers will now begin the department’s extensive field training program. City Council appropriated additional money for the positions in the 2016 budget.
The ceremony also included the promotion of two longtime department employees. Sgt. John Hassell was promoted to lieutenant, and Detective Matthew Gronbeck was promoted to sergeant. The new assignments are effective immediately.
“The promotions are a direct result of the officers’ dedication and the department’s commitment to its continuing education and training program fostering promotion from within,” Police Chief Terry Wilson said.
The bittersweet portion of the ceremony was the farewell to Lt. Neil Wagstrom, a law enforcement veteran with more than 20 years’ experience. Neil served the City of Glenwood Springs for the past 18 years, most recently overseeing daily operations of the patrol functions and supervision of sergeants.
“Neil is a critical piece of the recruiting program, citizen outreach efforts, and mentoring new officers and sergeants,” Wilson added. Wagstrom has also been recognized at the state level as one of the most effective and efficient grant recipients at any law enforcement agency.
“The city and all officers and personnel of the Glenwood Springs Police Department wish Neil the very best in his retirement and thank him for his service,” said Wilson. “Neil is an example of the best that the law enforcement profession can produce and he will be missed.”
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