City of Thornton News Release Logo For Immediate Release:   5/15/2020
Contact: Communications Director
Todd Barnes, 303-538-7279

Cliff Brown Appointed Interim Police Chief

THORNTON, CO…Thornton City Manager Kevin Woods announced the appointment of Thornton Police Deputy Chief Cliff Brown to the position of Interim Police Chief for the Thornton Police Department effective June 2. Police Chief Randy Nelson is retiring from the Thornton Police Department on June 1, after a long and distinguished career serving the people of Thornton.

Cliff Brown has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy for Law Enforcement Executive Managers and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Brown has been in law enforcement since 1979 and brings 29 years of service working in the Thornton Police Department. He has served in many roles within the police department including responsibilities in Patrol, Youth Services, Detectives, Traffic, and in technology development. Since 2017, he has served as the Deputy Chief of Administration, overseeing the department's budget, the Emergency 911 Communication Center, and Police Records. "Cliff's tenure and experience in the PD gives him the needed skill set to provide the leadership we need during this time," says Thornton City Manager Kevin Woods.

The process to select Thornton's next Chief of Police is well underway; however, due to the ongoing pandemic, final in-person interviews must wait. The City Manager estimates he will not fill the Chief of Police position before fall 2020.  During this interregnum, Deputy Chief Cliff Brown will serve as Thornton's Interim Police Chief. "It is a great benefit that we have someone such as Cliff Brown, who is extremely qualified to step into the Chief position on an interim basis until the search is completed," says Woods.

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