Erie Chief of Police
Marco Vasquez to Retire After
43 Years in Law Enforcement
After more than forty-three years in law enforcement, Marco Vasquez announced his retirement and will be resigning from his position as Town of Erie Chief of Police effective Friday, August 12, 2016.
“Not only am I honored to have served as Erie’s Chief of Police, I consider it a great way to finish my policing career,” Vasquez said. “I am amazed by the dedication of the men and women who make up the Erie Police Department. It is due in no small part to their commitment that Erie is consistently recognized as being one of the safest communities in Colorado to live and raise a family,” he said.
According to Town Administrator A.J. Krieger, Vasquez accomplished much during his three and a half years of service to the community and led the Erie Police Department through an important stage of its growth and development. “When I hired Chief Vazquez I asked him to take the department to the next level in terms of both overall preparedness and community policing. He’s done that and more,” Krieger said.
“Marco is a cop’s cop who has forged an impressive policing career over more than four decades. His peers in municipal government are proud of his accomplishment as he should be as well,” Krieger said. “I will miss Marco both personally and professionally,” he said.
The Town Administrator announced this week that he has appointed Commander Kim Stewart as Acting Police Chief until a series of organizational changes within the Erie Police Department have been completed.
BACKGROUND: Vasquez has served as Erie’s Chief of Police since May 6, 2013. Prior to coming to Erie he served as the Chief of Investigations for the State of Colorado Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (MMED) where he assisted the senior leadership of the Colorado Department of Revenue in creating the new agency.
Immediately prior to working at the MMED, Vasquez served as the Chief of Police and Safety Director for the City of Sheridan, Colorado from 2008 to 2010. From 2003 to 2008, Vasquez served as the Deputy Chief of Administration for the Denver Police Department where he began his career as a cadet in 1972. As Deputy Chief, Vasquez was responsible for the management of the Volunteers in Policing Unit; Finance Bureau; Technology and Support Division; Human Resources Management Division and Research and Development Bureau.