Broomfield Chief of Police Gary Creager has announced that he’s retiring next year after 40 years in law enforcement.
Creager, who has served as chief since 2014, will step down on Jan. 11. In an email to City and County Manager Jennifer Hoffman, Creager wrote the 40-year milestone brought a lot of reflection.
“It is with both tremendous gratitude for the past seven years and with excitement for the future that I announce my plan to retire Jan. 11, 2022,” his email reads.
“For the past seven years, I have worked alongside my team to ensure a strong foundation for the Broomfield Police Department, both culturally and operationally. It was always my goal to leave this team in the best place possible in order to ensure continued high level service for the Broomfield community.”
Creager wrote that he announced his retirement early to allow adequate time to fill the role.
“As we all know, this position is critical for Broomfield and will require a minimum of four to five months to recruit, evaluate and select Broomfield’s next chief of police,” he wrote, later adding, “I truly want to minimize the disruption of my retirement for the organization and my team.”
Creager wrote he is thankful for every moment of his last seven years in Broomfield.
“You know I will continue to serve with the same dedication and commitment in the upcoming months to ensure a thoughtful and smooth transition for the next leader of the Broomfield Police Department,” he added.
Creager came to Broomfield from the Arvada Police Department, where he led the Field Services and Operations divisions, according to a previous Enterprise story. He is a Colorado native. He and his wife, Karen, have two grown sons.
Hoffman, in an email to Broomfield City Council, said she knew Creager’s retirement was coming, but it didn’t make it any easier to accept.
“Working with Gary and the (Broomfield Police Department) over the last several years has been such an honor for me, he truly exemplifies servant leadership,” Hoffman wrote. “I will miss him as a co-worker and as a friend.”
Hoffman said the city and county will work with human resources to develop a recruiting plan. It’s anticipated to be a six- to eight-month process to recruit and hire the next chief.
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