Thornton names deputy chief to fill top police job

Chief Randy Nelson to retire in June

Staff Report
Posted 5/19/20

Thornton Police will elevate Deputy Chief Cliff Brown, making him the interim chief beginning June 2. Brown will temporarily replace Police Chief Randy Nelson, who announced his retirement effective …

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Thornton names deputy chief to fill top police job

Chief Randy Nelson to retire in June

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Thornton Police will elevate Deputy Chief Cliff Brown, making him the interim chief beginning June 2.

Brown will temporarily replace Police Chief Randy Nelson, who announced his retirement effective June. 1.

In a written statement, Thornton City Manager Kevin Woods said he does not expect to fill the Chief of Police position before fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brown will serve as Thornton’s Interim Police Chief until then.

“It is a great benefit that we have someone such as Cliff Brown, who is extremely qualified to step into the Chief position on an interim basis until the search is completed,” Woods said in the statement.

Brown has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy for Law Enforcement Executive Managers and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

He has been in law enforcement since 1979 and has spent 29 years with the Thornton Police Department, working in various roles. Those include Patrol, Youth Services, Detectives, Traffic, and in technology development. He has served as Deputy Chief of Administration since 2017

, overseeing the department’s budget, the Emergency 911 Communication Center, and Police Records.

“Cliff’s tenure and experience in the PD gives him the needed skill set to provide the leadership we need during this time,” Woods said in the statement.

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