Coogan to retire as Littleton's police chief

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By Ramsey Scott

The first female police chief in Littleton’s history, Heather Coogan, is set to retire on April 1 after five years in the position.
Coogan is taking advantage of the Littleton Police Department’s offer of early retirement to officers between the ages of 57 and 65. The city has offered several incentives for early retirement, including paying for health and dental insurance premiums for the officers.
“I am excited and a little sad to announce that I am retiring, but I could not have asked for a better department to live out my dream,” Coogan said in a news release.  “We have accomplished so much together, and there is so much to be proud of. It is time for me, after 37 years as an officer and 11 years as a chief of police, to pass the torch to people I believe in and who possess great leadership skills.”
Before becoming Littleton’s top cop, she served with the Denver Police Department and also as the chief of police for the Auraria Campus’ police department.
Coogan is not the only officer taking advantage of the early-retirement offer.  Division Chiefs Bill Christensen and Robert Brandt have also accepted early retirement.
“Heather, Bob and Bill have devoted a substantial part of their lives to making Littleton one of the safest communities in Colorado,” said Michael Penny, Littleton’s city manager. “We owe them a debt of gratitude for their dedication to our citizens and the Police Department.”
The police chief position will be filled in the interim by Littleton police Cmdr. Gene Enley while the city looks for a permanent replacement. Cmdrs. Kim Ferber and Paul Creadon will serve as acting division chiefs during the search
The city is working on a process for finding the next chief of police.
Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22.