Frisco hires new police chief
FRISCO – Frisco Town Manager Alan Briley announced Tuesday he has hired Tom Wickman of the Boulder Police Department as the new police chief. Wickman is scheduled to start Dec. 1.
Police Chief Jerry Falconetti is retiring from the department Sept. 30, after 21 years with the town.
Town officials invited five candidates for interviews Sept. 13. In addition to experience, Briley said he wanted someone with knowledge of small, mountain towns and who could work well with him and the community.
Briley said he was “impressed” by Wickman’s plans for working with the community.
“I have found that success in policing comes from working collaboratively with the community,” Wickman said. “In Boulder (for example), a foot patrol officer program I instituted drew a positive response from the business community.”
Wickman said he plans to be more visible and to build on the professionalism Falconetti has established. He said he also would like the department to become more involved with the schools and the Spanish-speaking and immigrant communities.
Wickman started with the Boulder Police in 1977. He said he left the department briefly, in 1982, to work for the city of Denver. Although he had been told Denver’s residency requirement would be overturned, when he learned it wasn’t, Wickman returned to the Boulder department because he did not want to move to Denver.
During his 25-year career, Wickman has served as a detective sergeant and a supervisor of high-profile cases, a patrol sergeant for the University Hill area of Boulder, a detective on a number of major investigations and a patrol officer on a special crimes attack team.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and a master’s in counseling psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. He attended the FBI National Academy in 2001.
An avid Nordic skier who has competed in Frisco’s Gold Rush, Wickman said he has eyed Frisco for some time.
“I’ve always liked the community atmosphere of Frisco, and the setting is extremely beautiful,” he said. “I felt it was a good place for continuing my career and raising my kids.”
Wickman and his wife, Leslie, have two children. Their daughter, Miikka, is 7, and their son, Tuomas (pronounced “Thomas”) is 3. Wickman said he has family roots in Finland and used the Finnish spelling for his children’s names.
The family plans to put its Boulder house on the market shortly, Wickman said, and is looking at the Bill’s Ranch area as a possible location for a new home. The sale and purchase of houses likely will dictate when they move, he said.
Sgt. Tom Devault, currently second in command at the Frisco Police department, will serve as police chief in the two month interim between Falconetti’s departure and Wickman’s arrival.
Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or email@example.com
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