DENVER — Thursday, May 8, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Stan Hilkey will be the next Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Hilkey is the sheriff in Mesa County and will bring to his new job more than 28 years of public safety experience in the criminal justice system involving areas such as patrol operations, investigations and critical incident management.
“Stan comes from a family that is deeply committed to public safety,” Hickenlooper said. “He has embraced evidence-based practices in every area of his work and been part of implementing national best practices in pretrial and bail reform. In addition to his law enforcement and diversion experience, Stan has managed wildland fires and emergency situations. Stan brings extensive knowledge and understanding of community safety as it affects rural and urban areas of Colorado.”
Hilkey will oversee the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Colorado State Patrol, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Colorado School Safety Resource Center.
“I am looking forward to supporting all the resources in the CDPS in tackling state wide challenges and fulfilling their important mission, with continued excellence, to the people of Colorado,” Hilkey said. “This opportunity is not given to many people and I look forward to the challenging work ahead.”
Hilkey was elected Sheriff in 2002 after working 17 years in the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office as a lieutenant, sergeant and deputy sheriff. As the agency’s CEO, Hilkey managed and led a variety of public safety services, and he created and managed agency budgets and grants both in times of growth and in times of painful cutbacks.
He has experience in managing human resource support systems, compliance and regulatory systems, risk management and policy creation and analysis. Further, he has demonstrated consistent success in relationship building that produces collaboration and cooperation, especially in times of crisis.
Hilkey is involved with the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Board of Directors; the Peace Officer Standards & Training Board; the Western Colorado Drug Task Force; the County Sheriffs of Colorado; and Mind Springs Health, among other organizations.
Hilkey will start work at DPS on June 16. He replaces Jim Davis, who left the position March 31. Deputy Executive Director Kathy E. Sasak has served as the interim Executive Director at DPS.