BY FREDA MIKLIN
On November 3, Cherry Hills Village announced that Police Chief Michelle Tovrea had submitted notice of her retirement at the end of October. She will stay on and assist with the selection of a new chief, which is expected to occur in February 2022.
On November 1, the city issued a request for proposal for police recruitment services. Once CHV has identified and hired a recruitment firm, that firm will immediately begin searching for qualified candidates and conducting initial interviews with them.
Tovrea issued this statement: “This decision has not been an easy one for me. I have committed my professional life to an honorable and noble profession for almost 39 years, but I feel the time is right to move on and for a new chief to take my place. It will be difficult to know I will not be contributing to the daily and future successes of CHVPD but I am so very proud to have been a part of its history. My time with CHVPD has given me a sense of purpose and belonging that I will never forget. I have had the pleasure of leading this fine department for over nine years and it is the source of a deep sense of purpose and pride in my career. CHVPD and the Village will always have a place in my heart. I sincerely thank everyone for the opportunity to be the Chief of Police here and wish you all the best of luck in the years to come. Be safe and be well.”
CHV Mayor Russell Stewart told The Villager, “Michelle Tovrea is the consummate professional public servant. She gave 39 years to protect and defend the citizens of Lakewood and Cherry Hills Village. During her nine years as Chief of Police, the CHVPD adopted modern policies and procedures, recruited and trained excellent staff, provided understanding and comfort to victims, survivors, and family members, provided public safety and crime prevention education, solved cold cases with new DNA technology, promptly responded to calls, assisted with the new Police Foundation, apprehended and prosecuted criminals, and protected residents from all type and matters of harm. Chief Tovrea has enjoyed a remarkable career, for which our Village will be forever proud and grateful. She is humble and will probably insist that all credit belongs to her staff, but the truth is that she provided the steady leadership that made our community one of the safest in Colorado. We wish Chief Tovrea the very best in her well-deserved retirement.”
CHV Mayor Pro Tem Katy Brown told The Villager, “Chief Tovrea has been an extraordinary leader of the Cherry Hills Village Police Department and we cannot thank her enough for her service to our community. She has built a highly effective police force for our small city earning us the honor of being regarded as the “safest city in Colorado.” While she will be greatly missed, her contribution to our community will be felt for years to come.”