Former Denver police commander Douglas Stephens will be the next chief of the Littleton Police

LITTLETON, Colo. - After an interview process that reportedly screened over 40 candidates, a former Denver police commander was named the next chief of the Littleton Police Department.

The former chief, Heather Coogan, and two division chiefs accepted early retirement incentives earlier this year.

Douglas Stevens was selected as the new chief after an interview process that involved a 12-member citizen’s panel and a panel of 11 representatives of the police department, according to Littleton spokesman Kelly Narde.

Narde said Stevens' law enforcement training includes a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Colorado Denver. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Stevens joined the Denver Police Department. He was most recently a captain and the commanding officer of the Denver Police Gang Bureau.

Stephens is expected to begin work in early May.  His annual salary will be $130,000 per year.

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