DENVER, Colo. - Sources inside the Colorado State Patrol confirm to CALL7 Investigator Tak Landrock that the agency is close to naming a new chief. Four candidates are in the running for the top job, including Maj. Kris Meredith, Capt. Jeff Goodwin, Capt. Jack Cowart and Interim chief Scott Hernandez.
Unlike past appointments, the governor is allowing fellow troopers, both active and retired, to give input on the next state patrol leader.
Controversy at the CSP forced the former chief, James Wolfinbarger, out of a job last January.
The CALL7 Investigators found Wolfinbarger was paid $90,000 when he left, but details of the payout aren’t being released by the state because of an agreement both sides reached on Jan. 11. Both sides agreed not to talk about the early termination of Wolfinbarger’s contract or admit any wrongdoing.