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Last updated 1:01AM ET
December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
New Durango Police Chief Named
(2008-06-06)
Durango Police Chief designee David Felice has served as a Deputy Chief and Acting Chief of the Colorado Springs Police Department. (Photo: Colorado Springs Police)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: A veteran and former Deputy Chief of the Colorado Springs Police force is on tap to become Durango's new Police Chief.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

FELICE: I'M JUST EXTREMELY HONORED AND HUMBLED BY THIS EXPERIENCE. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN THE DURANGO AREA.
VICTOR: 52-year old David Felice retired from the Colorado Springs force in February, saying he wanted to pursue a police chief's job elsewhere, and he's had his sites on Durango since the late 70's when he applied for a probation officer position here.
Felice says those he met on the Durango force during the interview process are top notch.
He says the biggest challenge he sees immediately is recruitment and retention of officers...
FELICE: I THINK THAT THE DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMUNITY IS EQUIPPED TO MOVE FORWARD AND INSURE THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACES IN THE DURANGO POLICE DEPARTMENT.
And dealing with community growth.
FELICE: CRIME IS LOW IN THE CITY OF DURANGO COMPATATIVELY SPEAKING AND I THINK THAT'S DUE TO THE QUALITY OF THE RESIDENTS THAT LIVE THERE AS WELL AS THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. I THINK THE CHALLENGES THAT COME WITH THE DURANGO POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS TO DO WITH THE CHALLENGES THAT THE CITY OF DURANGO FACES, JUST LIKE A LOT OF OTHER CITY'S WITH RESPECT TO GROWING SERVICE DEMANDS, GROWING POPULATION AND THEN TRYING TO MAINTAIN THE SAME LEVEL OR EVEN AN INCREASED LEVEL OF SERVICE IN LIGHT OF FUNDING.
Felice is the first major appointment by new city manager Ron LeBlanc and was chosen from a pool of 65 applicants.
LEBLANC: I TOOK MY TIME IN TRYING TO FIND THE BEST FIT FOR THE DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMUNITY AND I INVOLVED COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN HELPING ME MAKE THIS DECISION. DAVID HAS EXPERIENCED JUST ABOUT EVERY ASPECT OF POLICE WORK. HE STARTED AS PATROLMAN AND WORKED HIS WAY UP TO DEPUTY CHIEF. HE ALSO SERVED FOR AN INTERIM PERIOD AS THE ACTING CHIEF FOR A DEPARTMENT WITH 11-HUNDRED EMPLOYEES.
As required under the city charter, city council will be asked to confirm Felice's appointment at their June 16th meeting.
Felice is scheduled to start work with the city, July 7th.
He succeeds Al Bell who retired in April, after 14 years as Durango Police Chief.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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