Three Glenwood police officers get promotions |

Three Glenwood police officers get promotions

Greg Masse

The election of Glenwood Springs police Lt. Lou Vallario to Garfield County sheriff and subsequent recruitment of Sgt. Tim Templon as undersheriff left Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson with some major job openings to fill.

So Wilson has started from the top and plans to work his way down through the department, filling each empty position.

Bill Kimminau will replace Vallario as lieutenant. His main duties will include taking over as assistant chief of police and making sure each of the department’s six sergeants have everything they need, Wilson said.

“Bill was a sergeant for two years,” Wilson said.

Kimminau, who was chosen for lieutenant out of three who applied for the position, said he’s excited about the promotion and looking forward to a new challenge.

With Templon gone to the sheriff’s office and Kimminau moving up the ranks, Wilson was also faced with two sergeant positions to fill.

“It’s like dominoes, and the dominoes go all the way to the bottom,” Wilson said.

So with the help of other department heads in the city, Wilson promoted patrolmen Neil Wagstrom and Mike Young to the rank of sergeant. Along with being a patrolman, Wagstrom is also well-known by many as the school resource officer – another position that will need to be filled in the coming weeks.

The two veteran Glenwood Springs police patrolmen also said they’re excited about their promotions. Like Kimminau, both said they’re looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead.

“It’s just different in our minds instead of the whole patrol routine,” Young said.

Although Wilson said the loss of Templon and Vallario hurts the department, he said he’s happy to report that the talent pool in his department runs deep and the officers who move up should make for a smooth transition when Vallario and Templon leave the department.

“They’re all going to do an excellent job with their new assignments,” Wilson said.

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