Littleton Police Chief Heather Coogan, the region's first female chief, is retiring

2 division chiefs also accepted early retirement

LITTLETON, Colo. - The region's first female police chief has announced her plans to retire.

Heather Coogan became the chief of the Littleton Police Department in 2007. During her tenure, Coogan oversaw a 14,000 square-foot expansion of the department's facilities. She also served as president of the Metro Chiefs, the Arapahoe Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee and the Police Officer Standards Training Board. 

Coogan and division chiefs, Robert Brandt and Bill Christensen, each decided to accept early retirement incentive effective on April 1. Spokeswoman Kelli Narde said the incentive was offered by the city to a total of seven police department employees between the ages of 57 and 65. The other four haven't yet decided if they'll take the deal.

Many officers, Narde said, choose to retire at approximately age 55 because of the physical nature of their work. This offer was a way to help the seven police officials transition into retirement by paying their health and dental insurance until age 65, when they become eligible for Medicare.

Cmdr. Gene Enley will serve as the acting police chief starting on April 2. Commanders Kim Ferber and Paul Creadon will serve as acting division chiefs.

Narde said a recruitment process to permanently fill the positions is being developed.