Florida chief named as Monument's new chief of police

New Monument Police Chief Hemingway (Photo: Monument Police Department)
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MONUMENT, Colo. (KKTV) - The town of Monument has named its new police chief.

Cristian "Sean" Hemingway will take the helm at the Monument Police Department beginning Feb. 3, the town announced Wednesday. Hemingway was selected from three finalists, which included Lt. Robert Weber with the Colorado Springs Police Department and Officer Ted Fiocchi with Monument.

Monument's former chief, Mark Owens, has been under investigation since the summer for an investigation. Town Manager Mike Foreman has declined to comment on what the investigation is looking into when asked by 11 News. It is not clear at this point if the investigation is related to an incident in August when Owens admitted calling his officers outside their jurisdiction to respond to a call at his home where he was accused in a domestic violence situation. No charges were filed in that situation. 11 News learned last week the town hired two investigators through their insurance carrier to handle the investigation.

New Chief Hemingway has been in law enforcement for 30 years, including a six-year stint as the chief of the Bay Harbor Islands, Florida police department and 22 years as a police major with Pembroke Pines, Florida.

"It is an honor yo be chosen as the chief for Monument Police Department," Hemingway said in a statement released by the town of Monument Wednesday. "I consider Colorado a second home, and I look forward to relocating here and to continue to build on the partnerships that have been made with the community and town staff."

Hemingway received a bachelor's from Barry University in public administration and a master's from Florida State University in criminal justice. He has a wife and three sons, and enjoys quintessential Colorado activities such as hiking, camping, mountain biking and skiing in his spare time.