Former police chief tapped to lead Steamboat Police Department investigation |

Former police chief tapped to lead Steamboat Police Department investigation

— The city of Steamboat Springs has named the woman who will investigate allegations against Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle.

Heather Coogan is the former Littleton police chief. She retired in April 2013. According to the city of Littleton, Coogan was the first female police chief in the Denver metro area.

Steamboat City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Coogan will be paid $150 per hour, and Hinsvark said the investigation could take 60 to 90 days.

According to the Denver Post, Coogan had a 27-year career with the Denver Police Department and was deputy chief. Before going to Littleton, she was chief of Denver’s Auraria Campus police department since 2002.

Coogan was named the Littleton police chief in 2007 and led the 70-person department, which included seven women, the Denver Post reported.

According to a city of Steamboat news release, Coogan holds a Senior Professional Human Resources Certification and has experience conducting internal investigations for public and private organizations with focus on policy violations, policy failure, gender and discrimination issues.

“We’re doing the right thing here,” Hinsvark said after Wednesday night emergency Steamboat Springs City Council. “We have a very independent investigator who comes highly recommended.”

Hinsvark has said the city will be paying Coogan, not the city’s insurance company. Coogan was recommended by the city’s insurance company.

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

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