Monty McDermith

Monty McDermith.

Staff Report

After 11 years of serving the Cedaredge community as a police officer, Officer Monty McDermith is leaving the Cedaredge Police Department (CPD) to take a new position elsewhere, with his last day set to be Aug. 24.

McDermith joined the CPD in 2009, where he has served as the department’s firearm instructor in addition to regular patrol duties. He has seen several officers come through and has mentored multiple younger officers who began their law enforcement careers in Cedaredge.

According to CPD Chief Joe Roberts, McDermith has provided a great service to the community, where he became a well-known public figure on the streets.

“Officer McDermith has been a steadfast and steady asset to the department in his 11 years here,” Roberts said. “He will be sorely missed. We wish him the best in his new endeavor.”

Roberts and McDermith only got to work together for a short time, as Roberts only came to the force in April to lead the department. However, a notable case during that time was the one in which McDermith handled a case of attempted murder with what Roberts referred to as “great interpersonal communication skills.”

That was the case regarding “Ricardo Jesus Martinez” as the attempted murderer, as explained in the DCI article from June 21, “Man arrested for attempted murder and other offenses in Cedaredge.”

In light of McDermith’s upcoming departure on Aug. 24, the Town of Cedaredge staff invites members of the community to drop off cards or notes of appreciation either to the police department or to town hall in order to thank McDermith for his years of service to Cedaredge. This will be done in lieu of the traditional farewell party the town normally holds due to COVID-19 concerns.

Town staff requests that cards and notes be dropped off by Aug. 21, the Friday prior to McDermith’s last day.

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