For the second time since 2012, the City of Lone Tree will be instituting a search for a new chief of police. On May 31, the city announced that Police Chief Jeffrey Streeter will retire from the department effective June 9.
“Streeter has made a significant impact during his long law enforcement career. We certainly wish him the best as he embarks on to his new endeavors,” City Manager Seth Hoffman said in a news release issued May 31.
Hoffman was not available for further comment, but Kristen Knoll, community outreach coordinator, said Streeter's retirement was not “entirely unexpected.”
“He did serve for three years, and he provided us with a two-week notice of his retirement,” Knoll said, “He is definitely leaving on amicable terms and has chosen to move on to new opportunities and challenges. He definitely had an impact on the police department, and we wish him all the best in the future.”
Streeter served the Lakewood Police Department for 24 years before he was hired as the Lone Tree Chief in March 2013, replacing the department's first police chief, Stephen Hasler, who was fired in August 2012.
According to the press release, Streeter's official retirement date was effective June 9 but he appeared to have left the department the previous week. By June 3, calls for Streeter were being directed to the interim chief, Cmdr. Ron Pinson, who also served as interim chief in 2012.
“This decision did not come easy, and after lengthy consideration and many discussions with my family, I have chosen to move on to new opportunities and challenges,” Streeter wrote in an email to the Lone Tree Voice that echoed the press release issued by the city.
“It has been my extreme honor to have worked for this outstanding agency and with excellent staff. I am very proud to have served with the men and women of the Lone Tree Police Department as well as the city.”
Streeter said he has no immediate plans other than to enjoy summertime activities in Colorado before making a decision about what to do next.
According to Knoll, the city does not have a timeline for instituting a search to fill the position, but discussions are expected to begin the week of June 6 when the city manager returns to the office.
“Our police department is really committed to doing great police work,” Knoll said. “We're really looking forward to the next chapter in the department's history.”