Police sergeant: Patrol division ‘wholeheartedly’ supportive of Rae, DelValle
Steamboat Springs — Despite accusations against Steamboat Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle, the patrol division at the department is “wholeheartedly” supportive of its leaders, according to an email from a police sergeant.
Sgt. Scott Middleton, who grew up in Steamboat in a law enforcement family, wrote the email to Rae three days after former detective Dave Kleiber began distributing a letter with accusations against Rae and DelValle.
“One of the unfortunate byproducts of a high profile position such as yours is that you are never truly given the appreciation or accolades that are deserved but rather are routinely on the receiving end of pessimism and negativity,” Middleton wrote to Rae. “You are a great leader, and I have the utmost respect and admiration for you and Deputy Chief DelValle. I fully support your vision for this department and can’t think of a better person to be at the helm.”
The email from Middleton was one of the numerous emails the Steamboat Pilot & Today received after a records request was filed with the city.
The same day that Middleton sent the email to Rae, Rae forwarded it to City Manager Deb Hinsvark.
“A nice pick-me-up,!” Rae wrote to Hinsvark.
Another email released by the city was sent to Rae from former Steamboat police Sergeant Bob Belknap.
“I just want to tell you that it sickens me that you’re being put in the position …” wrote Belknap, who added a strongly-worded opinion about Kleiber. “I want to offer you my support by telling you that, even at my current age of 66, I’d be proud to come out of retirement and follow you into hell and back.”
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