Chief of Police

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Message from Chief Dave Pickett

On July 19, 2019, Chief Dan Brennan retired after 42 years of service in law enforcement and the City recently launched a national search for a new Chief. While that process is underway, the City Manager appointed me as the Interim Chief.

I have been with the department since 1984 when I joined as a patrol officer. Soon after I became a Field Training Officer, and worked my way through special assignments and the ranks of Sergeant and Commander and most recently as the Division Chief for Support Services which includes Investigations, Records, Evidence, Crime Analysis, Training and Accreditation. I also served 25 years on SWAT and have been a skills instructor for more than 30 years.  Through my experience with the First Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team, I gained expertise in the area of officer involved shooting investigations. I currently serve on the Leadership Jefferson County Steering Committee and lead the department's support for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.

If you have questions about the department or concerns about our community, please contact me. I look forward to meeting you at one of our community meetings or an event this fall.

Chief Dave Pickett


Annual Reports

 2017 Annual Report

 2018 Annual Report

The National Search for the next Chief of Police 

The City has engaged Public Sector Search and Consulting (PSSC) to lead the national search process for the City’s next Chief of Police. PSSC held community and employee focus group meetings to gain a better understanding of the qualities Wheat Ridge desires in its next Chief. In addition an online and printed survey was distributed to staff and community members. PSSC is now reviewing applications. To view the position posting visit

Police Chief Candidate Community Forum
7 p.m., Wednesday, December 18
Council Chambers at City Hall, 7500 W. 29th Ave.
Meet and greet the finalists and submit your feedback at this public forum where candidates will answer questions submitted by the community.

Wheat Ridge Chief of Police Community Engagement Report

Wheat Ridge Police Department Community Forum Series

September 2017 Forum on Crime

November 2017 Forum on Homelessness