I have been involved in law enforcement since 1971 beginning my career as a student police officer at the University of Northern Colorado. I obtained my POST certification in 1974 through my appointment as an Aurora PD police officer, where I continued to serve in many capacities until my retirement as Division Chief on June 30, 1994. On July 1, 1994 I was appointed Chief of Police in Arvada, serving in this capacity until retirement in August 2007. In August 2008 I was appointed Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
I hold both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as graduating from the 9 month Police Administration Training Program at Northwestern University's Traffic Institute/Center for Public Safety in 1983. I have attended many leadership programs including; The FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, Colorado University/Denver Rocky Mountain Program, and Harvard University's Senior Executive's in State and Local Government Program, striving for knowledge and excellence in leadership.
During my career I have served on many appointed boards and commissions including Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training, Colorado Board of Executive Directors (CCIC), State Victim Assistance/Law Enforcement (VALE), and Sexual Assault Prevention Advisory Committee. Currently I am serving on the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) Board as well as the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN) Board.