UP’s Top Cop Interviews in Colorado

University Park Police Chief Gary Adams is in Colorado today, applying for the top cop’s job in the city of Pueblo.

Adams and five other candidates have a busy schedule. After a round of interviews this morning with “individuals from all ranks,” they were scheduled to appear at the Pueblo Convention Center for a public “meet and greet” this evening, said Marisa Walker, Pueblo’s director of human resources.

Adams, who has led the University Park Police Department since 2000, did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment Tuesday. But University Park City Manager Bob Livingston said Wednesday that he would hate to lose Adams.

“He’s done an excellent job for us,” Livingston said. “In the last 10 years, he’s really turned this department around.”

Under Adams’ leadership, the UPPD was accredited for the first time by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in 2004. This year, the department was named a “flagship agency” by the commission.

The UPPD has also grown since Adams took over, per statistics provided by city spokesman Steve Mace. In 2000, University Park had 33 sworn officers; today, it has 39. Part of that increase can be attributed to the establishment of a three-officer traffic division in 2007. The city also has eight civilian dispatchers, twice the number it had in 2000.

The Pueblo Police Department has been led by Jim Billings for a dozen years, and he’s been a cop in the city of 100,000 residents for more than 30 years. But he’s retiring in February, and Adams is one of the five final candidates bidding to replace him. The others are:

  • Jay Coons, a captain in the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office
  • Michael Denney, assistant chief of the Mesa (Arizona) Police Department
  • Andrew McLachlan, deputy chief of the Pueblo Police Department
  • Robert Thomas Jr., chief of the Delta (Colorado) Police Department
  • Rodney Walker, deputy chief of the Colorado Springs Police Department

4 thoughts on “UP’s Top Cop Interviews in Colorado

  • December 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I can’t think this whole sex offender not being registered ordeal coming out right now would work in his favor.

  • December 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    What a loss if he leaves.

  • December 4, 2010 at 11:03 am

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    9:58 AM on December 4, 2010
    Maybe it isn’t just about the money. Policing can be one of the most needed but “thankless” careers. How many Park Cities residents have taken the time to let Chief Adams know how much he is appreciated for the job “well done” in the more than ten years he has been here? Other cities seem to notice and come knocking trying to lure him away. I would bet very few people know he has lived in the community for the majority of those years, and yet no one knows him when he attends school functions, or shops in one of our shopping centers. I happen to live on Amherst (same street as him), and realize most of the neighbors wouldn’t know him if he was out walking his lab. Texarkana certainly tried to lure him back a few years ago. I have taken a step in sending a note thanking him for what he has done for our community. In my opinion, we should get to know him and let him know we are proud to have (and hopefully keep) him as a part of our community. Does anyone else reading this know he is raising two grandsons that attend Bradfield, or has a wife that is a nurse and has many park cities residents as her patients? If he chooses to leave, we will certainly feel his loss.

  • December 5, 2010 at 8:23 am


    Hope you have also thanked the men end women that make that department what it is.


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