Denver Safety Manager Charles Garcia Resigns

Garcia Drew Praise, Criticism For Firing 7 Officers For Misconduct In 4 Months

Denver Manager of Safety Charles Garcia resigned Wednesday, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Hancock confirmed.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock appointed Ashley Kilroy as the interim manager of safety. Kilroy, who was the deputy manager of safety, has also worked for the City Attorney’s Office, Denver Public Schools and as a board member and co-chair of the city's Career Service Board, according to her Denver Bar Association biography.

Kilroy is also among a handful of finalists for the manager of safety post, Hancock said.

Garcia, a former state public defender, drew praise from police watchdog groups and criticism from police rank-and-file by firing seven officers for misconduct since taking office in March.

The officers terminated were:

  • June 14: Officer Robert Fitzgibbons was terminated for using unauthorized, military ammunition in a shooting that left a bystander wounded.
  • May: Detective Kenneth Briggle was dismissed after a judge found Briggle in contempt of court during his divorce proceedings and ordered him to serve 37 days in work release.
  • May: Detective Jay Estrada was fired for allegedly failing to actively investigate a traffic accident.
  • April: Kevin Devine and Ricky Nixon were terminated after they were accused of lying about their actions during arrests caught on a security camera in July 2009.
  • March: Officers Devin Sparks and Randy Murr were fired as a result of "their deceptive acts" in the suspected beating of Michael DeHerrera in Lower Downtown Denver in April 2009.
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