Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Josh Carrell |

Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Josh Carrell

Josh Carrell

Hard work has payed off for Steamboat Springs native Josh Carrell.

After graduating from Steamboat Springs High School in 1997, Carrell attended Concordia University near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to study criminal justice.

“I realized Steamboat was a real special place to grow up in and how lucky I was to have that as a youth,” Carrell says. “I wanted to make that opportunity available to others.”

Carrell, 37, felt keeping the community safe was an important part of doing that, so he put on a badge and became a cop, working six years as a patrol officer, four years as a school resource officer and four years as a detective. In March, he was promoted to sergeant.

“I love it,” Carrell says. “I’m enjoying the transition. I enjoy what I do and working with the community.”

He’s found other ways to be active in the community as well, from coaching soccer to serving on the board for Integrated Community and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition. He’s also found time to raise two daughters with his wife, Charissa.

Police Chief Cory Christensen says he’s proud to have Carrell as one of the leaders of the Steamboat Springs Police Department. “Josh is dedicated to this community, and daily seeks to better serve our citizens,” he says. “It’s no surprise to hear he has been selected as one of the outstanding people in our community.”

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