New Silverthorne officer fulfilling life-long goal |

New Silverthorne officer fulfilling life-long goal

by Reid Williams

SILVERTHORNE – Anne McNelly’s new job might not make her as famous as her mother, but it’s a start – and the beginning of a career she always intended to pursue.McNelly is Silverthorne’s newest community service officer, responsible for code enforcement, as well as maintaining relations with the public. McNelly’s mother and step-father both retired from police work in Fort Collins, but not before her mother, a homicide detective, made it to national television in an episode of A&E’s “Investigative Reports.””It was pretty neat,” McNelly said. “I watched it with her when it aired. It was especially great because it was about a 10-year-old murder case getting solved.”McNelly, a Colorado State University graduate, said she intended to become a police officer after graduation. But a twist of fate found her doing management consulting for 10 years. Knowing she wanted to don a badge eventually and live in the mountains, she saved her money and made the career leap in November. Two-hour, one-way commutes to work and the stressful demands of the corporate world made the risky departure from her former career that much easier.”Everything’s great now,” she said. “I can’t believe how well it’s working out.”She’s currently learning the ins and outs of town law. She’s learning the codes that cover issues such as signs and parking. She’s shadowing the county’s animal control officers to learn how to handle roaming dogs. And, she said she looks forward to getting out and interacting with town residents.”It’s nice because I get a lot of interaction that’s not necessarily in the negative way that most people think of with police,” she said. “I’ll be going to the rec center and talking with kids a lot, so they learn police officers are someone they can turn to.”McNelly also said she looks forward to taking advantage of all the recreational opportunities in Summit County. She said she’s an avid skate skier in the winter and will be found on her bike this summer when she’s not in uniform. She’d also like to try kayaking, she said, assuming there will be enough water in the rivers.”I want the people of Silverthorne to know what a great place they live in, what great people live here,” McNelly said. “I look forward to working with them.”Community service officer Anne McNelly can be reached at (970) 262-7338.Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or

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