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New Avon chief likes ‘small town setting’

Sarah Mausolf
Avon, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

AVON – Bob Ticer always wanted to be a cop.

Long before he was chosen as Avon’s new police chief, he remembers watching his dad leave for work every day in his highway patrol uniform. He knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.

“I’ve been in law enforcement, I like to say, since I was in diapers,” Ticer said.

Ticer takes the helm of the Avon police department April 23. He replaces Brian Kozak, who accepted a job as police chief in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Ticer, 42, has about 20 years of experience with the Arizona Department of Public Safety in Phoenix, Ariz. He’s a commander with its statewide gang enforcement bureau.

Ticer said he plans to meet with Avon staff and community before defining his goals for the department. He knows safe roads will be a top priority. His professional motto is “courteous and service.”

A colleague in Arizona described Ticer as a “consummate professional” who always explored “cutting edge” projects like a blood-draw program for drunk driving offenders.

“You’re getting a top notch guy,” said Jack Lane, chief of highway patrol for Arizona’s public safety department. “We’re very happy for him because it’s something he wanted to do in his career but we’re sad we’re losing someone of his caliber.”

Ticer said he was anxious to get into law enforcement after high school, but Arizona required police to be 21 years old. So Ticer joined the U.S. Air Force for four years. He worked for his hometown police department in Prescott, Ariz., for about a year before moving on to the department of public safety.

Over the course of his career, Ticer has come face to face with his share of serious crimes, including many traffic fatalities, the on-duty murder of a colleague and friend, and an incident in which one of his detectives was forced to shoot a car theft suspect who was attempting to run the detective over.

Although Ticer fights violent crime at work, he has a lighter side at home.

Out of his uniform, Ticer likes to spend time with his wife and two sons, ages 8 and 12. Whether he’s hunting elk or fishing for trout, he enjoys spending time outdoors.

That love for the outdoors is one of the things that drew him and his wife to the Vail Valley.

“We grew up in small town in northern Arizona, so we’ve always wanted to get back to more of a smaller town setting,” he said. “We love the Rocky Mountains and we love Colorado and thought it would be a great place to work and live.”

Ticer said he doesn’t ski but his family plans to take it up when they move here.

“I’ll have to start on the bunny slopes, I guess, but we’ll work our way up from there,” he said.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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