Luke Fedler promised to "keep Delta the safe and treasured community we have grown to expect," during a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 3.
The ceremony took place during the first Delta City Council meeting of the year. The oath of office was administered by John Baier, municipal judge. Fedler's wife Angela pinned on his badge.
"Over 16 years ago, during an interview with Chief [Kelly] Shea for a job as a patrol officer with the Delta Police Department, he asked where I envisioned my career path going," Fedler commented.
"My answer was simple and direct: Someday sitting in your chair as the chief of police. Now, almost 17 years later, I feel I am living proof that setting goals, working hard and doing the right thing do pay off and today, I stand before all of you as the new chief of police for the City of Delta."
Fedler acknowledged the "core group of exceptional DPD employees" who have endured an immense amount of turnover, turmoil, state of limbo, and constant unknowing over the past few years on the direction and mission of the organization. He promised to provide leadership and create an environment "where personal growth and successes are attainable, recognized and endured." He vowed to work with other departments within the City of Delta, outside organizations throughout the state and county, and most of all the citizens of Delta.
Success, he concluded, will not be measured in the number of arrests, traffic citations or response calls to times, but in the reduction of crime and the safety and satisfaction of Delta's citizens.
Many employees of the Delta Police Department, as well as Fedler's colleagues from the Delta County Sheriff's Office, attended the ceremony. A short reception took place at the conclusion of the city council meeting.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.