Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Chief Terminated

Robert Denboske was fired from his post as chief of the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District Tuesday evening.

Many of the details of Denboske’s dismissal are private because they deal with personnel records, but Battalion Chief Greg Lovato says the decision followed an investigation into department policy violations.

Board of Directors President Charles Pocock explained that the investigation was conducted by an attorney with the Mountain State Employers Council. The investigation began during May.

Pocock says a new chief will eventually be hired. In the interim, the three current battalion chiefs will share leadership tasks. “I have great confidence in our three battalion chiefs that they’ll be able to carry the load,” Pocock said.

$12,000 were allocated for the independent investigation but Pocock says the board of directors hasn’t yet received the bill. He expects the final cost will be less.