Wheat Ridge names new police chief

Chris Murtha named as replacement

Staff report
Posted 1/3/20

Wheat Ridge City Manager Patrick Goff has selected Chris Murtha as the next chief of the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Murtha has accepted a conditional offer pending final background screenings, …

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Wheat Ridge names new police chief

Chris Murtha named as replacement

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Wheat Ridge City Manager Patrick Goff has selected Chris Murtha as the next chief of the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Murtha has accepted a conditional offer pending final background screenings, according to the city.

“I’d like to thank the community, our staff, and public safety partners for providing their input as we conducted a national search for the next Chief of Police. The selection process was a difficult one due to the level of qualified candidates who applied for the position,” stated Patrick Goff, city manager of Wheat Ridge. “I am very pleased to announce the selection of Chris Murtha as our next Chief of the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Chris is an exceptional leader and has a proven track record of reducing crime through an innovative and collaborative approach to community policing.

Murtha is a former Denver area resident, and will officially start with Wheat Ridge on Feb. 10, according to Goff.

Currently the Deputy Chief for the Patrol Bureau of Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland, Murtha has 23 years of experience in law enforcement. As the leader for 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," according to a news release by Wheat Ridge.

“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 to move our agency forward in a progressive direction,” Murtha said in a statement.

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.

As Deputy Chief for the Prince George’s Police Department, Murtha oversees calls for service by patrol to the University of Maryland-College Park Campus, FedEx Field, National Harbor Convention Center, Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington (home of Air Force One), and other venues.

He steps into the role vacated by former police chief Dan Brennan, who stepped down on July 19, 2019. Brennan's career in law enforcement began in 1977, with the Lakewood Police Department. He became the chief of the Wheat Ridge Police Department in 2004.

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