Selecting a New Montrose Police Sergeant
by John W. Nelson, Montrose
Aug 18, 2013 | 1244 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print


The Montrose P.D. convenes a Sergeants Promotion Board when they need to select a new sergeant to replace one lost due to attrition. This is a three-day process, with the first day's board (Tuesday, Aug. 6) consisting of three outside law enforcement commanders, one of whom was the Montrose County Sheriff. Day two, August 7, utilized a citizen panel of four civilians. On day three, the board is comprised of M.P.D. administrators. The process is well-designed, formal and absolutely fair.

There are no favorites, political agendas or preconceived choices. There were seven highly qualified candidates for the single position. It was an honor to be a board member on day two and it was an eyeopener. There were no "lemons" among the candidates. Each candidate had his or her strong points but all of the applicants were outstanding, dedicated and excellent examples of what we want in our police department. Each of the board on day two came from a different perspective.

I had been a criminal defense attorney, judge and law enforcement officer in my prior life. My fellow board members each had dissimilar but outstanding backgrounds. Our task was not easy. Montrose is fortunate to have a superb police department and we were charged with selecting one of its future commanders. The life of today's police officer is complex, constantly changing and fraught with challenges.

They are required to make life and death decisions in an instant while a court's possible review may take years. I salute the Montrose Police Department and especially the seven sergeant candidates we interviewed Wednesday.

– John W. Nelson, Montrose      

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