BOULDER - An interim police chief will take over for the city of Boulder on April 1, when current Chief Mark Beckner retires.
Beckner has been a Boulder police officer for 36 years, and fellow officer, Deputy Police Chief Greg Testa, will temporarily take over for him until the position is filled permanently.
Testa has helped manage the department for more than 10 years. He has served as an officer, detective, sergeant, SWAT commander and deputy chief. He also served with the Northglenn Police Department before joining Boulder's law enforcement in 1987.
“We are fortunate that our police department is a strong, healthy organization, and one that has incorporated succession planning as part of the culture,” said Boulder city manager Jane Brautigam. “Deputy Chief Testa understands the police department, the community and the larger city organization. I am confident that he will be a strong interim chief until a new police chief is selected.”
Beckner said that planning for officer movement within the ranks and officer retirement is part of the department's culture of planning and organization. He added that the entire leadership team supports this decision, as well as the officers in the force.
The city will direct an internal search for the next permanent chief of police. They are looking for someone who understands Boulder's community values, and who can lead the department with assurance.
A timeframe has not yet been set for filling the position, but the city feels confident in Testa's abilities to command the police force in the meantime.
Testa told the Boulder Daily Camera that he is interested in applying for the permanent position.