Vail cop to be chief in Silverthorne |

Vail cop to be chief in Silverthorne

Special to the DailyJoe Russell, who has been with Vail's police department for 23, is the new chief of police in Silverthorne.

SILVERTHORNE ” Joe Russell, a commander with the town of Vail Police Department, accepted the job of chief of police for the town of Silverthorne on Monday.

Russell will begin his duties on Aug. 29.

“We are very pleased to have someone as accomplished in law enforcement as Joe Russell,” Silvethorne’s town manger, Kevin Batchelder, said. “His mix of command experience, community policing activities, education and years of service in a mountain resort community make him an ideal candidate to succeed as our next police chief.”

Joe and his wife Cheryl have three children in college: son, Morgan, 22; daughter, Kaitlin, 20; and son, Brendan, 18. Russell and his family have lived in Eagle for the past 20 years.

Russell has worked for the Vail Police Department for 23 years. He oversees the Citizens Police Academy and the Vail Police Volunteer Program.

He helped formed a countywide underage drinking program with six Eagle County law enforcement agencies and numerous youth groups.

Russell graduated from Mesa State College in 1982 with a bachelor of arts degree. In 1992, he graduated from the Colorado Association of Chief’s of Police Supervisor Training Institute. He graduated from the Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute for Executive Leadership in 2000.

In 2002, he graduated from the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Policing at Harvard University, and in 2003, he graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Vail, Colorado

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