Department of Public Safety Executive Director Stan Hilkey Selects John Camper as Director of CBI

10/23/2017--Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS) Executive Director Stan Hilkey has selected John Camper as Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), effective Jan. 1, 2018

The Department of Public Safety selected Camper after a robust, competitive, nationwide search followed by panel interviews with CDPS leadership, CBI staff, and statewide partners including law enforcement and district attorneys.

Camper has nearly 37 years of law enforcement experience. He is currently the Chief of Police for the Grand Junction Police Department.

“We had an exceptionally good field of candidates interview for this important leadership position, and the quality of finalists made this a difficult choice. I’m confident that John’s skills, experience, and leadership style will be an excellent fit for CBI,” Executive Director Hilkey said. “He is thoughtful, intelligent, and a skilled administrator with experience in complex problem solving. He understands the importance of relationships. And he demonstrates an enormous amount of integrity and ethics.” 

Camper has served as the Grand Junction Police Department Chief since February, 2010. Prior to that he served as a member of the Lakewood Police Department for nearly 29 years, beginning in 1981. In addition to many years of patrol work, he served as Public Information Officer, Crime Prevention Agent, Crimes against Children Detective, SWAT Team Hostage Negotiator, Theft Investigations Sergeant, Internal Affairs Sergeant, and several assignments as a Police Commander. Appointed to Division Chief in 2004, Camper led the Support Services Division and later the Patrol Division. 

Camper has a Master of Business Administration in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Management from Colorado State University. He has been elected incoming president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (effective June 2018) and has served in leadership positions on numerous boards and committees, including the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST), Law Enforcement Latino Alliance (LELA), Grand Junction Regional Communication Center Board, Emergency Telephone Service Authority Board, City of Lakewood Victim Compensation Board, the Colorado Information Sharing Consortium, Grand Junction Air Show Board, and Hilltop Community Resources, Inc.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to become a part of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation team. I’m leaving one outstanding organization for another outstanding organization, and I consider it a privilege to have been selected. I look forward to serving and representing the law enforcement profession at a statewide level,” Camper said.

The CBI was founded on July 1, 1967, to support and assist local, county and state criminal justice agencies. More than 250 CBI dedicated members strive to deliver excellence in criminal investigations, forensic/laboratory services, and comprehensive criminal justice data management for stakeholders.

Camper will be replacing former CBI Director Michael Rankin, who left CBI on Sept. 8 to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. Ted Mink has been serving as interim CBI Director and will continue to fulfill that role until Jan. 1.