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City Manager Seeks New Aurora Police Leadership

City manager seeks new leadership at Aurora Police Department
Posted on 04/06/2022
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After a considerable amount of assessment of the state of the Aurora Police Department and Chief Vanessa Wilson’s work in her two years as chief, and a recognition that areas of the department need refocused attention, Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly has made the decision to search for new leadership for APD.

“It is clear that Chief Wilson has prioritized community involvement. However, the police chief also needs to effectively manage the operations of the department, effectively engage with staff, build morale, and validate employee feedback. To provide the level of public safety that our community deserves, a change in leadership must occur,” Twombly said.

Division Chief Chris Juul
Division Chief Chris Juul

Effective immediately, Division Chief Chris Juul will temporarily oversee operations at APD. The city management team will work to name an interim chief in the near future. Simultaneously, the city will begin a nationwide search for a permanent chief. Under the Aurora City Charter, it is the city manager’s duty to appoint a police chief with the approval of a majority of the City Council.

The change in leadership will not have an impact on the city’s commitment to fulfill the terms of the consent decree it entered with the Colorado Attorney General in late 2021. The city had already begun implementing changes as part of its ongoing ‘New Way’ plan launched in 2020. Community members can track developments on the city’s ‘New Way’ progress page, which is updated regularly.

Twombly and Mayor Mike Coffman held a news conference April 6 to address the community, and it can be viewed at YouTube.com/TheAuroraChannel.

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