Acting Steamboat City Manager, Anne Small announced six final candidates for the Chief of Police position. These finalists were selected from a group of 96 applicants. A community reception for the candidates will be held at the Steamboat Springs Community Center from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 and the public is invited to attend. The selection process will include a meeting with members of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, the community reception, and interviews with a community panel, the City’s management team and the City Manager. The finalists in alphabetical order are:
Brian Browne – Mr. Browne has 21 years of law enforcement experience and is currently the Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Largo, Florida. During his tenure, Mr. Browne has served in all divisions of the police department, including police officer, field training officer, operations lieutenant, operations commander, and deputy chief. Mr. Browne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of South Florida. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for police executives, as well as the University of Virginia School of Continuing & Professional Studies Criminal Justice Education.
Cory Christensen – Mr. Christensen has 26 years of law enforcement experience and is currently serving as Assistant Chief of Police with the Fort Collins, Colorado Police Department. He joined the Fort Collins Police Department in 1994 after serving as a Patrol Deputy with Larimer County. During his tenure with the Fort Collins Police Department, he has served as a police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and watch commander. He has also served as commander of the K9 unit and SWAT, as well as supervisor of the Major Crimes Unit. He also served as a certified firearms instructor and completed a three-year special assignment to the Community Policing project in downtown Fort Collins. Assistant Chief Christensen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication from the University of Denver. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in information technology and a Master of Science in leadership and organizational studies from Colorado State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for police executives and the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) at Boston University.
Jerry DeLong – Mr. DeLong has 30 years of police experience and is the patrol commander for the City of Craig, Colorado Police Department. He is currently on temporary assignment as the Interim Chief of Police for the Steamboat Springs Police Department. During his tenure, Mr. DeLong has served as a police officer, sergeant, and commander. Mr. DeLong holds an Associates of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Colorado Northwestern Community College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for police executives, the FBI Command College and Leadership in Police Organization.
Kimberly Ferber – Ms. Ferber has 26 years of law enforcement experience and is currently the Investigations/Support Services division chief with the Littleton, Colorado Police Department. Ms. Ferber has served as a police officer, motorcycle traffic officer, patrol sergeant, investigations sergeant and commander. As a division chief, she managed her Department’s accreditation process leading to national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College, Missouri and is a graduate of the FBI’s Executive Leadership Institute, Women’s Leadership Institute, and Leadership in Police Organizations.
Daric Harvey – Mr. Harvey has 19 years of law enforcement experience whose most recent assignment has been Administrative Commander for the Vail, Colorado, Police Department. He previously served as the Operations Commander from 2010 – 2014. Prior to joining the Vail Police Department, Mr. Harvey served as patrol deputy, violent crimes unit detective, research and development sergeant and patrol lieutenant/watch commander for the Osceola (Florida) County Sheriff’s office. Mr. Harvey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College of Missouri and is working toward a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida State University. Mr. Harvey is a graduate of Leadership in Police Organizations , the Command Staff Institute, and the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.
Patty Higgins – Ms. Higgins has 32 years of law enforcement experience and is currently the Deputy Chief, Executive Services Bureau for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Ms. Higgins has served as a police officer, captain, watch commander, and patrol division major. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from William Woods College, Missouri and holds a Masters of Public Affairs from Park University, Missouri. Ms. Higgins is a graduate of the US Department of Homeland Security Advanced Incident Command Systems and the Senior Management Institute for Policing (SMIP) at Boston University.