Delta city manager David Torgler last week provided an update on the search for a new police chief, at the request of councilmember Christopher Ryan. Charles Kettle has been serving as interim police chief since Robert Thomas left Delta in September 2015.
In June, Delta City Council rejected a $10,500 proposal from a professional recruiting firm and directed staff to conduct the search for Thomas's replacement.
Torgler reports that the search is proceeding, although at a slower pace than a professional recruiter would require. The next step is polling police officers, city council members and citizens to determine what attributes, background and experience the city should be looking for. That step is necessary to ensure the next police chief reflects the community's values. An active search will not begin until that process is completed. "We're making the best effort we can," Torgler reported at the Aug. 2 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.