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Littleton police chief candidates narrowed to five

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Interviews to be held in April

By Ramsey Scott

The search for Littleton’s new police chief has been narrowed to five candidates. 

Littleton has released the names of the five finalists to replace Police Chief Heather Coogan, who announced her retirement Jan. 18. Coogan’s retirement takes effect April 1. 

The list of five was narrowed from 45 applicants. 

The next step is the interview process. Each applicant will be interviewed by four separate panels: a citizens panel, a police officer panel, one made up of Littleton’s department heads, and one made up of area police chiefs. 

“I am looking for a chief who will take what is working well and build on that, someone who will critically evaluate where we have opportunities for improvement,” City Manager Michael Penny said in a news release.

The finalists:

• Cmdr. Frances L. Gomez of the Aurora Police Department.

• Cmdr. Rob R. McGregor of the Aurora Police Department.

• Richard W. Myers, former Colorado Springs police chief.

• Capt. Douglas Stephens of the Denver Police Department.

• Avon Police Chief Robert L. Ticer.

Interviews will begin in mid-April. After Coogan retires, Division Cmdr. Gene Enley will become acting chief until a permanent chief has been named. 

Coogan, along with several other high-ranking officers, took advantage of an early-retirement offer for officers ages 57 to 65. The offer included paying into the officers’ heath care premiums up to age 65.

 

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine.