Former Lone Tree Police Chief Steve Hasler was honored by police chiefs from around the state during a Feb. 8 conference at Lone Tree’s Denver Marriott South.
The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police gave Hasler an award during its mid-year conference.
“We wanted to recognize Chief Hasler for all his years of service to the organization, and his work as a police chief for all these years,” said Broomfield Police Chief Tom Deland, a board member with the state chiefs’ organization.
“I’m very honored,” Hasler said. “To be recognized by your peers, that’s very special. I’m really flattered.”
The recognition encompassed Hasler’s service in Lone Tree and Erie, where he worked for 10 years before his 2004 move to Lone Tree. A 35-year career police officer, Hasler started his police career in England in 1977. He immigrated to the United States in 1990, working in Pueblo County and Manitou Springs, then Erie.
Hasler was dismissed without cause from his Lone Tree post in August 2012, a decision he characterized as an act of retaliation by City Manager Jack Hidahl. Hasler believes his termination was tied to a harassment complaint filed against Hidahl by a female police employee, which the city investigated and dismissed. Hidahl has never cited a reason, saying, “it was not an arbitrary or capricious decision”.
Hasler and his attorney say they still plan to file a lawsuit against the city, but have not yet done so.