City of Thornton News Release Logo For Immediate Release:   12/15/2020
Contact: Communications Director
Todd Barnes, 303-538-7279

Thornton Police Chief Terrence Gordon Sworn-In

THORNTON, CO… Terrence Gordon is Thornton's new Chief of Police after a small swearing-in ceremony on December 14 at Thornton City Hall. Gordon was sworn-in by Judge Charles Rose, a ceremony witnessed by a select-few invited guests. Gordon addressed the Thornton City Council, and a few members of the Thornton Police Department, and spoke of leading the department into the new year, and continuing the police department's service to the community. "For the city of Thornton and its diverse neighborhoods, 2021 will be marked by a police department that is professional, responsive, and respectful of the people it serves, just like it has been in the past." Gordon said the police department will work with Thornton residents to strive to reduce crime and disorder together. "All neighborhoods want the same things," said Gordon. "Peace, opportunity, and the ability to safely occupy the space where we and our families work, live and play."

Gordon comes to Thornton from the Milwaukee Police Department, where he served for 25 years, ending his time there as Assistant Chief. He takes over the Thornton PD after the retirement of Police Chief Randy Nelson, who led and served Thornton PD for over 43 years. He was chosen after a rigorous and thorough selection process, a process that recruited from top candidates across the nation, included several interviews, and brought in public comment via a virtual town hall that allowed Thornton residents to hear from the three final candidates, and provide feedback. "The leadership in Thornton came together to conduct a rigorous search to get the right person to be our next Police Chief," said Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann. "It all paid off in a very big way; we got the right person with Terrence Gordon."

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Photo: Judge Charles Rose, Thornton Police Chief Terrence Gordon, and his wife Tina Gordon.

Thornton Police Chief Terrence Gordon Sworn-In