MANITOU SPRINGS — The City of Manitou Springs has announced the next chief of police for the Manitou Springs Police Department as Lieutenant Brian D. Churchill.
The city encouraged community members to meet the four applicants they were considering for chief of police. Each has more than two decades of law enforcement experience.
Below are the list of candidates and their background as published by the City of Manitou Springs:
- Brian Churchill – a 25-year law enforcement officer who is currently employed by the Indianapolis, Indiana Metropolitan Police Department as a lieutenant. Lieutenant Churchill has held numerous assignments to include; patrol, Neighborhood Resource Unit, Community Engagement Office, Internal Affairs, and Investigations.
- Carolyn Graves – a 20+-year law enforcement officer who is currently employed by the Colorado Springs, Colorado Police Department as a lieutenant. Lieutenant Graves has held numerous assignments to include patrol, operations and logistics, and special enforcement division. Lieutenant Graves is a graduate of the Colorado Emergency Management Academy.
- Ralph Maher – a 26-year law enforcement officer who is currently employed by the Oak Creek, Colorado Police Department as the chief of police, a position he has held for the past 5 years. Prior to becoming the chief of Oak Creek, Chief Maher worked for the Fountain, Colorado Police Department for 20 years and as chief of police for the Yuma, Colorado Police Department.
- Randy Taylor – a 34-year law enforcement officer who is currently employed by the Clarkdale, Arizona Police Department as the chief of police, a positon he has held for the past 7 years. Prior to becoming the chief of Clarkdale, Chief Taylor worked for the Loveland, Colorado Police Department and the University of Northern Colorado Police Department.
"We're looking for a servant leader," explained Denise Howell, interim city administrator for the City of Manitou Springs. "We're looking for somebody that cares about the community, gets involved, collaborates, really cares about getting their businesses involved and their citizens involved," she added.\
Churchill will begin at the department starting Oct. 1.