Littleton Police Chief Heather Coogan has announced her retirement effective April 1, 2013. Coogan has been Littleton’s Police Chief for more than five years. She holds the distinction of being the first female police chief in the Denver metro area.
Coogan’s accomplishments during her tenure in Littleton are numerous. The Littleton Police Department (LPD) opened a 14,000 square-foot expansion in May of 2011 that includes substantial evidence storage and a modern crime lab. Coogan led reaccreditation efforts in 2009 and 2012 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), placing the LPD among an elite group of law enforcement agencies meeting the highest professional standards. Coogan served as president of the Metro Chiefs, the Arapahoe Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, and the Police Officer Standards Training Board. She earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement in 2011.
“I am excited and a little sad to announce that I am retiring but I could not have asked for a better department to live out my dream,” Coogan said. “We have accomplished so much together and there is so much to be proud of. It is time for me, after 37 years as an officer and 11 years as a chief of police, to pass the torch to people I believe in and who possess great leadership skills.”
An early retirement incentive opportunity was recently offered to all sworn officers in the LPD between the ages of 57 and 65. The early retirement incentive includes the city funding health and dental insurance premiums for the retiree up to the age of 65.
Division Chiefs Robert Brandt and Bill Christensen have also accepted the early retirement incentive effective April 1, 2013. A total of seven LPD employees met the criteria and some of them may also choose to retire.
Coogan, Brandt and Christensen have a combined 72 years of experience with the LPD and 109 years of experience in law enforcement.
“Heather, Bob and Bill have devoted a substantial part of their lives to making Littleton one of the safest communities in Colorado,” said City Manager Michael Penny. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their dedication to our citizens and the police department,” Penny said.
Starting April 2, 2013, LPD Commander Gene Enley will serve as acting chief of police. Commanders Kim Ferber and Paul Creadon will serve as acting division chiefs. A recruitment process to permanently fill the positions is being developed.
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