Governor appoints Steamboat police chief to state board |

Governor appoints Steamboat police chief to state board

Cory Christensen
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— Steamboat Springs Police Chief Cory Christensen will now have a say on how police officers throughout Colorado are trained.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed Christensen to sit on the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, a division of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

“I am very pleased that Chief Christensen will be joining the POST board,” Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said in an email. “I believe his experience and expertise will be of great value to his fellow board members and the peace officers they serve. It will also be really beneficial to have the added input from Northwest Colorado.”

The POST board is responsible for managing the certification of police officers in Colorado and setting the standards for training.

“They have the sole responsibility to make sure the academies are meeting the certification needs,” Christensen said.

Christensen, who was named Steamboat’s police chief in 2015, was one of six people to apply for the board position vacated by Rifle police chief John Dyer, who retired.

Christensen interviewed with a selection committee.

“I think one of the most important things we can do is continually train and educate ourselves, and I wanted to be a part of that at the state level,” Christensen said.

The volunteer position will require him to attend quarterly meetings in Denver.

Christensen previously chaired a POST subcommittee that focused on firearms.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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