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  • New Executive Director

    This summer, CDPS welcomed Colorado native Stan Hilkey as its new Executive Director. Formerly, he served for more than 11 years as Sheriff in Mesa County.

    Stan supervises the work of more than 1,600 members of the department, which includes the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Division of Criminal Justice, Division of Fire Prevention and Control and the Colorado School Safety Resources Center. CDPS is one of the largest departments in Colorado state government.

    He has spent his whole career in public safety, including 28 years in the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

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A note about the photograph appearing at the top of this web page

The photograph was taken by Russ Shugart, a long-time member of CDPS. Photographing Colorado’s dramatic scenery is his passion. The photograph above is the result of five years’ worth of his revisiting the same location for just the right shot. It was taken off County Road 7 west of Ridgway, Colorado, near the Dallas Divide, on a day in October. For more information about his photography, contact the CDPS Public Information Officer at