Dan Sanders, a patrol officer and sergeant with the Cedaredge Police Department, was appointed department chief at the town board's Oct. 17 meeting.
"Thank you," newly appointed Chief Sanders told the trustees.
"I appreciate (your appointment). There is always anxiety in the time between police chiefs. My heart is warmed," he said, referring to the presence of the entire department which came to witess his appointment.
"I know I am up to the task and I believe that I can do it. I look forward to building into the future," he said.
Sanders has been with the department since 2004. He is a graduate of the Delta Montrose Technical College Law Enforcement Academy.
He was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and served as interim police chief from August of that year until March of 2009.
Following his official appointment, Town Administrator Katie Sickles asked the town trustees for, and received, authorization to advertise for another (sixth) officer in the department.
"Another officer is definitely needed," Sanders said.
Mayor Pat Means asked Sanders if his new duties as chief would impact his work as a certified canine handler with the department. He replied that he was intending to continue with canine duties but added, "It would be okay if another officer wanted to advance his own career," by taking on that duty.
Sanders reported that "approximately $7,000 has been raised for a new K9 member of the department."blog comments powered by Disqus