City Of Sheridan Releases Remaining Candidate’s Information

There are six finalists for the position of Sheridan Police Chief and the City of Sheridan released the biographies of the remaining 3 candidates this morning.

David Jess is currently the Deputy Chief of Police in Maple Grove, Minnesota and has held that position for four years. He started as a patrol officer in Maple Grove 24 years ago and has a masters degree in police leadership.

Gary Creager began his law enforcement career over 27 years ago and he serves as the Deputy Chief of Police in the City of Arvada, Colorado. He has over 15 years experience in supervisory roles and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Craig Dodd was born in Illinois but moved to Colorado in 1974 and has spent more than a quarter century with the Fort Collins Police Department. He has held the rank of lieutenant since 2001 and is a former commander of the Larimer County Drug Task Force.

All six candidates will have busy schedules over the next two days but they will make an appearance tonight at City Hall during a reception in the City Council Chambers. They will introduce themselves to the public at that function.

The City hopes to have the field narrowed to three by next week.

COMPLETE BIOGRAPHIES (as submitted by the candidate)

Deputy Chief of Police David Jess has 25 years of law enforcement experience. He has been Maple Grove's Deputy Chief since 2005. During his 24 years with Maple Grove, he has served as a Patrol Officer, Investigator, Drug Task Force Detective, Sergeant of Patrol and Investigations, Emergency Response Unit Commander, and Captain of Patrol and Services. He has an Associate of Arts Degree in Law Enforcement from Alexandria Technical College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Metropolitan State University, and a Master's Degree in Police Leadership, Administration and Education from the University of St. Thomas. Deputy Chief Jess has attended management courses including the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, Minnesota Chief’s of Police CLEO and Command Academy, and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Management Series.

Gary Creager has worked for the Arvada Colorado Police Department for over 27 years. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Police. The City of Arvada is located within the Denver metropolitan area and serves 107,000 citizens. The police department is authorized 165 police officers and 75 non-sworn employees, and has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) for more than 20 years. Deputy Chief Creager holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI Executive Development program, Northwestern University Staff and Command program, the Senior Management Institute for Police and the Center for Creative Leadership. He has over 15 years of supervision, management and leadership experience in patrol operations, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, under-cover operations, internal affairs, policy development, budget management, Communications and recruitment/hiring. He has been recognized for his work by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the Denver Regional Council of Government. He serves on several executive boards, including the Table Mountain Animal Shelter, the Jefferson County Regional SWAT team and the Colorado Central COPLINK node. Deputy Chief Creager has two grown sons and has been married to his wife for 25 years.

Born in Springfield Illinois, Craig Dodd moved with his family to Northern Colorado in 1974 where he has lived and worked ever since. Craig is a 25+ year veteran of Fort Collins Police Services and has held the rank of Lieutenant since 2001. Currently, Craig leads the Professional Standards Unit and is responsible for recruitment, hiring, training, and internal affairs. In addition, Craig is a seated member of the Fort Collins Police Services Executive Staff, liaison to the City of Fort Collins Citizen Review Board and is a contributing member of the City of Fort Collins Economic Health budget results team, Environmental Stewardship committee and Performance Excellence Assessment team. Prior to his current assignment, Craig successfully commanded the Larimer County Drug Task Force and has held a multitude of high-profile leadership positions in his organization since 1995. Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is currently working on a master’s degree in organizational leadership. Craig is active in his community through volunteerism with the Larimer County Child Advocacy Center and as a member of the North Side Heat basketball team. Craig describes Sheridan as a destination community; a place he and his wife would love to be a part of for the rest of their lives.

Carrol Realty
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Sheridan Police Chief

Excellent job and congrats to Sheridan's Human resource department! These final candidates for police chief all look very capable. In the final analysis as a citizen I would like to see the person with the most experience and common sense become our new police cheif, not necessarily the one who has the most education or who is the best public speaker. Though there are some expected politics in any high profile position such as this, too I would expect that the current police officer staff and servants to our community might have some role as to which candidate is chosen. We have a great team here in Sheridan. Let's get behind them and support our local law enforcement. Today's street patrol and routine duties can quickly become anything but routine. The last thing our officers need is to have a public who isn't securely behind them. Sheridan is that great small community which fortunately does not encounter a large portion of violent or severe criminal activity, however we need to be prepared and focused that in the coming years things could change and only a community "team" effort will prevail.
By the way, I'm not a politician but I should be. I look at things with common sense and make decisions based upon fact. Sheridan Police Department needs to be a place where officers can be proud and others yearn to have what we have.
Thank you to all law enforcement for serving and protecting our rights and our freedom.

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