CDPS Executive Leadership
CDPS Executive Director Stan Hilkey
Colorado native Stan Hilkey began his service as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety in June 2014 after more than 11 years serving as Sheriff of Mesa County. In his role as Executive Director of CDPS, he supervises the work of more than 1,600 members of the department, which includes the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Division of Criminal Justice, Division of Fire Prevention and Control and the Colorado School Safety Resources Center. CDPS is one of the largest departments in Colorado state government.
Stan has spent his whole career in public safety, including 28 years in the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The Mesa County Sheriff is responsible for law enforcement services in a county of 140,000 residents and 3,300 square miles. Just before assuming his new role in state government, he supervised response to a deadly, massive landslide in Collbran, Colorado. During the time he served as Mesa County Sheriff, Stan Hilkey was instrumental in the county being selected in 2008 by the National Institute of Corrections as one of seven sites in the nation for a pilot project called Evidence-Based Decision Making. EBDM represents a comprehensive, collaborative effort among all criminal justice agencies to implement practices based on research to improve the effectiveness of all components of the criminal justice system, from initial contact with offenders through re-entry into the community. His leadership in EBDM will continue in his new role as Executive Director of CDPS and as chair of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.
He was elected chair of the County Sheriffs of Colorado in 2013 and has been a member of the Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training board, the Colorado Methamphetamine Task Force and Mesa County Methamphetamine Task Force. He was elected chair of the board of Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking in 2011. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, in 2004 and from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2001.
Appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety by Executive Director Stan Hilkey in May 2015, Rebecca Spiess served Mesa County, Colorado, for more than ten years in various sworn officer positions in the Sheriff’s Office. She was appointed Undersheriff in April 2006. From June 2014 to January 2015, she was appointed Sheriff of Mesa County by county commissioners, to complete the remainder of the term of Sheriff Hilkey. She returned to the position of Undersheriff in January and continued in that role until May 2015.
Before joining the Sheriff’s Office in 2004, she built a diverse career in the private sector, which included experience as:
- Vice President, Director of Fraud Operations for Citigroup Diners Club North America
- Vice President of Fraud Investigations for Chase Manhattan Bank
- Assistant Vice President of Fraud Operations for Colorado National Bank, d.b.a. Rocky Mountain Bank Card.
Prior to entering the banking private sector, Sheriff Spiess was a former Lakewood police agent and worked in the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, in Golden, Colorado. Deputy Executive Director Spiess holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Pennsylvania State University. She is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing at Boston University and of the FBI National Academy in May 2009. In addition, she is a certified fraud examiner and certified law enforcement auditor.