Denver’s next police chief will be one of these five men

We’re getting a little closer to our final episode of “who will be our next police chief.”

Denver Police Department's Chief Robert White at Mayor Michael Hancock's Cabinet in the Community event. Nov. 19, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Police Department's Chief Robert White at Mayor Michael Hancock's Cabinet in the Community event. Nov. 19, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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We’re getting a little closer to our final episode of “who will be our next police chief” because Denver’s Executive Director of Public Safety, Troy Riggs, announced that the Police Chief Search Committee has narrowed it down to the final five applicants that they will interview for advancement to the final selection round. Westword reports that all of the candidates have had numerous complaints filed against them, ranging from traffic violations to use of force complaints. The five candidates are:

  • Commander Michael Calo
  • Commander Joseph Montoya
  • Commander Paul Pazen
  • Deputy Chief David Quinones
  • Commander Ronald Saunier

“The committee met for six hours yesterday and had a robust discussion to identify the candidates with the interpersonal skills and personal characteristics they believe will be a good fit for Denver,” Riggs said in a statement. “They decided to interview five strong candidates who represent the talent that exists within the Denver Police Department.”

After the search committee concludes these interviews, they will recommend an unspecified number of these applicants to be interviewed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock. After those interviews take place, mayor Hancock will appoint Denver’s next police chief.