The Wheat Ridge Police Department will host a Chief Candidate Community Forum on Wed., Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 7500 W. 29th Ave. This is an opportunity for community members to …
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The Wheat Ridge Police Department will host a Chief Candidate Community Forum on Wed., Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 7500 W. 29th Ave. This is an opportunity for community members to meet the candidates for the position of Chief of Police and submit questions for the question and answer portion of the meeting. Child care will be provided at no cost. Child care will be provided by Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation staff at no cost to those attending the Forum. Parents are asked to check in at the front desk of City Hall.
The event will be broadcast on Wheat Ridge Police Department Facebook Live, YouTube and streamed on Channel 8.
The search for a new police chief began earlier this summer when long time Chief Dan Brennan retired and the City engaged Public Sector Search and Consulting (PSSC) to lead the national search process for the City’s next Chief of Police. PSSC held community and employee focus group meetings to gain a better understanding of the qualities Wheat Ridge desires in its next Chief. In addition a survey was distributed, online and in print, to staff and community members.
The final candidates include Bureau Chief Vince Line, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, and Deputy Chief Chris Murtha, Prince George’s Police Department, MD.
Vince Line currently serves as a Bureau Chief with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. He is a Colorado native, military veteran, and career law enforcement professional with extensive experience at the executive level. During his 21 years with the Arapahoe Sheriff’s Office, he has commanded all three major bureaus.
He has created and communicated organizational vision, led the development and implementation of strategic plans, managed multimillion-dollar budgets as well as complex agreements and contracts for services, as well as written and implemented department policy. He has also fostered relationships with numerous leaders across the country as an assessor and team leader with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and through attendance at national level leadership training courses and as the Chairman of the Colorado Information Sharing Consortium and the Law Enforcement Information Exchange, Rocky Mountain Region.
“I am an adept leader with experience in all tasks related to supervision and management, from the hiring process and creation of positions to higher level employee evaluations, personnel development and succession planning. I am an effective oral and written communicator who can navigate difficult situations with complex differences of opinion.”
Line is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at Liberty University, VA. He received a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice Education, and a master’s degree in Business Administration as well as an undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix, AZ.
Chris Murtha currently holds the position of Deputy Chief for the Patrol Bureau of Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland. A former Denver resident, Murtha has 23 years of experience in law enforcement. As part of a team of professionals at Prince George’s County PD, Murtha has been successful in decreasing crime by more than 65 percent in the last six years. Leading a department of 1,100 men and women, both sworn and civilian, Murtha was instrumental in adopting a new records management system, automated speed enforcement, and license plate readers. “I have worked hard to forge a positive image for my agency and to demonstrate a balanced approach to leadership. I have focused on creating positive community relationships and to move our agency forward in a progressive direction.”
Murtha received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and a certificate from the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.
Prince George’s Police Department includes the University of Maryland-College Park Campus, FedEx Field, National Harbor Convention Center, Joint Base Andrews (home of Air Force One) and other venues.
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