Morrison hires interim police chief

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By Deborah Swearingen

There’s a new face at the helm of the Morrison Police Department.

George Mumma, a former senior investigator with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, is now serving as the interim chief of the police department. The town officially hired him Oct. 10 after former chief Rudy Sandoval retired in late September.

Mumma, who’ll be taking a leave of absence from his position with the DA’s office, came before the town’s board of directors Oct. 17 for a brief introduction. He stressed his goal is to make Morrison proud of its police department again. The department has been in a period of change after Sandoval’s retirement and the arrest of Anthony Joiner, a former lieutenant accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the town.

“We’re making some changes,” Mumma said. “It’s going to be slow and probably subtle for most of you, but in the end, it will be positive as far as I can tell right now.”

Although Mumma’s job is temporary, he also has applied for the permanent chief position. The town is using KRW Associates, a Colorado Springs consulting firm, to help with the hiring process and expects to hire a new chief in three to four months.

In his first days with the department, Mumma spent time traveling around Morrison, introducing himself and making connections, and said he will continue to do so.

“I plan to be out and about,” he said. “Part of my vision is to get out with these officers so I can see what they’re doing, not sitting behind a desk.”

Town attorney Gerald Dahl applauded Mumma for his efforts thus far, saying he was particularly grateful for the interim chief’s appearance at municipal court.

“(The judge) was delighted that you went up,” Dahl said to Mumma. “That’s an important connection.”

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.