New Colorado Springs Police Chief

By: Ashley Fielder
By: Ashley Fielder

"I was looking for who I felt was not just good now, but into the future who will be the best fit,” said City Manager Lorne Kramer.

Which is why City Manager Lorne Kramer chose Appleton Police Chief Richard Myers to take over as Colorado Springs Chief of Police.

"He's got the professional skills and the personal commitment to be able to handle it," said Kramer.

But Myers has got quite a challenge ahead of him, he currently has a hundred and eight officers underneath him in the small town of Appleton, Wisconsin. He's coming to a force nearly seven times that size.

"Having been a chief in suburban Chicago and the Appleton area has given me exposure to several different policing styles," said Myers

"All of the issues are relative, small communities have issues that for them are big issues, just like we do here."

Kramer says being Chief is more about being able to communicate.

"It's about your ability to create a vision, it's the ability to form partnerships," said Kramer

Which Myers says is his strong point.

"The most important thing is my collaborative style of trying to get people to work together as a team,” said Myers.

But Myers has no solid plans just yet in terms of where he'll take the department.

"I want to learn the organization first, it would be pretty presumptuous of me to come in with a change agenda," said Myers.

Chief Myers will take over the position on January 15th.

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