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New Dillon Police Chief: ‘I want to hear what the community wants’

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Summit Daily/Mark Fox

DILLON ” The Town of Dillon installed its new chief of police, Joseph Wray, a former captain at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

Wray replaces John Mackey, who resigned in September to become chief of police and transportation services at the Auraria Campus in Denver.

Like former Chief Mackey, Wray retired from the Lakewood Police Department with more than 20 years of service. He and his wife, Ginger, vacationed for decades in Summit County and moved to the High Country permanently in 2000.

A father of four adult children and grandfather of five, Wray’s educational background includes a bachelors degree in sociology and history as well as a masters degree in criminal justice.

The new head of Dillon’s 10-person law enforcement team spent four years with the Breckenridge police department before transferring to the Sheriff’s Office in 2005. During his sojourn with the county, Wray served as the operations division captain, a role which included command of the Summit County SWAT team. His selection by the town was praised by his former boss, Summit County Sheriff John Minor.

“We are delighted by Joe’s appointment as the Dillon police chief,” Minor said. “This will further strengthen the already close working relationship we have with the Dillon police department.”

In addition to his years in Colorado law enforcement, Wray served for a time in the late 1990s as a United Nations police peacekeeper in Kosovo, Serbia: first with the border police, then supervising the multi-national, combined military and police unit overseeing all homicide teams in the German sector of Prizren.

Wray said he hopes his varied experience will encourage productive collaborations between the Dillon police department and other area law enforcement groups.

“I’m a firm believer in partnerships,” he said. “I want to hear what the community wants, and how we can work together.”

The town council voted unanimously to approve Wray’s appointment.

“We’re very excited to have Chief Wray join us. He’s very experienced and dedicated. He will be a tremendous asset to the Town of Dillon,” Mayor Barbara Davis said after the swearing-in ceremony.

Wray’s salary will be $86,000 per year.

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