Letter to the editor: Promote from within

Posted 1/9/20

Promote from within After 13 years as chief of police and 33 years serving the Town of Parker, Chief David King announced his retirement at the end of the year. I am also very happy to learn that …

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Letter to the editor: Promote from within

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Promote from within

After 13 years as chief of police and 33 years serving the Town of Parker, Chief David King announced his retirement at the end of the year. I am also very happy to learn that Deputy Chief Jim Tsurapas has been named interim chief of police.

My concern is that rather than promote Deputy Chief Jim Tsurapas to the position of chief, the Town of Parker is planning to conduct a nationwide search for a new chief. This will certainly involve a significant expense and much staff time. 

This is a quote from Chief King obtained from the home page of the Parker Police website: “I am very fortunate to have worked with many talented individuals who have helped me elevate the Parker Police Department to the nationally recognized agency that it is today.”

The article goes on to state that Chief King frequently tells anyone who listens these accomplishments wouldn’t be possible without the great work of his staff and the support of the community. Chief King goes on to list 15 accomplishments.

Certainly Deputy Chief Jim Tsurapas and many members of the police department were very instrumental in implementing these major accomplishments.

My philosophy has always been “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Let’s promote Jim Tsurapas to the position of police chief. 

Grant Glessner

Parker

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