Rifle announces 6 finalists for police chief
The city of Rifle has narrowed its search for a new police chief down to six candidates.
The candidates, identified in a news release Tuesday, include the current interim Rifle chief, Sgt. Sam Stewart, two officials from elsewhere around Colorado and three candidates from outside the state. They were selected from a list of 34 applicants for the position.
The finalists are expected to be in Rifle on Nov. 18 for a community reception at the Ute Events Center. The reception is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m.
The candidates will meet with interview panels made up of community members, city employees and City Council the following day. All of the six candidates have stated they will be present for the reception and the interviews, City Manager Matt Sturgeon said.
A formal confirmation could come as soon as Dec. 7, assuming there is agreement on one to the six candidates, according to Sturgeon. Per the city’s charter, the city manager selects the police chief and council confirms the appointment.
The next chief will take a position previously held by John Dyer, a highly respected leader in the community who resigned at the end of August to be closer to family in Washington state. The city wasted little time in starting the search process and retained Rainguet & Associates LLC, an executive search firm that was used in the search that resulted in Dyer’s hire, right after Dyer announced he was resigning.
The contract will pay Rainguet & Associates LLC no more than $9,900, excluding out-of-pocket expenses. The advertised salary range for the position is $86,500 to $97,350.
“This is moving at about the same pace,” Sturgeon said of the current search. “It’s pretty much following the same process.”
The six finalist in alphabetical order are:
Harvey has 20 years of law enforcement experience. His most recent assignment has been administrative commander for the Vail Police Department. He served as the operations commander from 2012-14. Prior to joining the Vail Police Department, Harvey served as patrol deputy, violent crimes unit detective, research and development sergeant and patrol lieutenant/watch commander for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.
Harvey earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice administration from Columbia College of Missouri and is working toward a master’s in criminal justice from Florida State University.
Harvey is a graduate of Leadership in Police Organizations course and the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development course at the University of Louisville.
Klein is currently the north district captain serving with the Raleigh Police Department in North Carolina. Capt. Klein has served as a patrol officer, detective, operations (patrol) sergeant, detective sergeant, intelligence lieutenant, and downtown district lieutenant, in addition to his four years as a police captain.
In addition to his tenure as the north district captain, he also served as a captain/watch commander in the field operations division. Klein has earned police academy instructor certification as well as an advanced criminal justice certificate. He has attended incident command training with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and has earned a number of other police certifications.
Klein holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a criminal justice concentration from North Carolina State University.
Rummel is currently a patrol captain serving as a watch commander with the Pueblo Police Department. Rummel has served as a patrol officer, juvenile crimes investigator, DUI enforcement officer, and sergeant in addition to his 12 years as a police captain. He has held leadership positions as a captain in the patrol, traffic, and special services divisions.
The special services division includes internal affairs, professional standards, code enforcement and the school resource officer unit.
He has been awarded the police Medal of Valor.
Rummel earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Colorado, and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, among many other executive and leadership schools.
Sanders is a police lieutenant with the West Jordan Police Department in Utah. The city of West Jordan is located in Salt Lake County. Sanders is currently assigned as the commander of the professional standards and training bureau, where he oversees internal affairs investigations, policy development and compliance, and advises on budget and grant matters. He previously served as a patrol sergeant, patrol commander, K-9 Unit commander, grant manager, detective, and public information officer. Lieutenant Sanders has earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Utah, and is a graduate of the 263rd session of the FBI National Academy for police executives.
Smith has served as a police officer, sergeant, and lieutenant with the Minneapolis Police Department. He currently serves as investigations division captain for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Smith has served as a precinct patrol lieutenant, juvenile unit commander, homicide investigations sergeant, community crime prevention officer, patrol officer and narcotics officer. Captain Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Mankato State University, and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police. He also attended the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Academy.
Stewart is currently a police sergeant serving as the interim police chief for the Rifle Police Department. Stewart has 23 years of law enforcement experience including 11 years as a police sergeant and five years as a police officer with the Rifle department, as well as several years with both the Delta Police Department and the Delta County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Stewart also serves as the training coordinator for the department and has served as a field training officer for recruit police officer training.
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