Steamboat Announces Changes in Police Staffing

Steamboat Police BadgeSteamboat City Manager Deb Hinsvark announced the hiring of Karl Gills, retired CEO of Yampa Valley Medical Center, as a Special Public Information Officer during the investigation of accusations against Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle. Gills has been hired as a temporary employee during the course of the investigation, which is expected to last two to three months. Hinsvark also announced that Commander Jerry DeLong of the Craig Police Department will serve as Interim Chief of Police. DeLong has been with the Craig Police Department since 1985 serving in various capacities including the Division Commander role for the past 8 years. In the position of Operations Division Commander, he serves as the 2nd highest ranking officer in the department. He has completed additional training through the FBI and is a graduate of the Leadership in Police Organizations Program sponsored by the Colorado Associations of Chiefs of Police. DeLong is able to fill the role through an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Craig. He started yesterday and will serve throughout the term of the investigation.

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