Vail cop in running for Silverthorne chief job |

Vail cop in running for Silverthorne chief job

Daily Staff Report

SILVERTHORNE ” A veteran of the Vail Police Department is in the running for the top job at the Silverthorne police department.

Joseph Russell has worked for Vail’s police department for 23 years, holding the rank of commander since 1998. Russell helped form a countywide program aimed at reducing underage drinking program. Eagle County law enforcement agencies and youth organizations also are involved in the teen-drinking initiative.

Though a keg-tagging bill Russell pushed in the Colorado Legislature didn’t pass, the effort won him the first Legislative Advocacy Award by the Colorado Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

He currently oversees the Citizens Police Academy, Vail Police Volunteer Program, and serves as the Chairperson of the I-70 West P.O.S.T. Training Committee, a state-wide training program representing 43 agencies.

Russell has a bachelor’s degree from Mesa State University in Grand Junction and also has attended the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va.; PERF Senior Management Institute for Policing, Harvard University, Mass., and Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute Executive Leadership.

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Silverthorne Town Manager Kevin Batchelder announced the names of the five final candidates Monday. The post came open when chief Kent Donahue died of a heart attack May 29.

Finalists will participate in an interview selection process scheduled for Aug. 3-4.

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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