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In city send-off, RPD chief commended for leadership, ‘values and standards’

In city send-off, RPD chief commended for leadership, 'values and standards'

Mar 22, 2017 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Riverton Police Department chief Mike Broadhead attended his last city council meeting Tuesday before he takes on the top spot with the police department in Statesboro, Georgia.

His last day with the RPD is April 1.

The Riverton City Council commended Broadhead on Tuesday for his work at the RPD and presented him with a watch. Council members wished him luck, while Mayor Lars Baker said he was sad to see Broadhead go but appreciated his leadership.

"We're hopeful that we can find someone with his caliber to operate the police department," Baker said.

Baker also pointed out the weather difference in cities.

"He's not going to have to fight snow there," Baker said.

Broadhead arrived at the RPD in January 2010 after spending more than 21 years with the Littleton, Colorado, police department.

He's been a municipal police officer since 1988.

"This is truly an honor and privilege to say, Mike we will miss you very much," interim city administrator Courtney Bohlender said. "We'll miss what you brought to the community."

Broadhead brought "true leadership" to a department that needed it, Bohlender added, including an "inherent set of values and standards."

The RPD has a staff of 41 employees, including officers.

Broadhead also was a key player in helping form the Riverton Solutions Committee, which tapped local service organizations to discuss and address social issues facing the city. The committee dealt with homelessness, food distribution, substance abuse and health clinics among other topics.

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