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Sheriff Capt. Phibbs earns master’s degree

Jane Stebbins

BRECKENRIDGE – Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mike Phibbs finished work on his master’s degree at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver this week.

Phibbs, who works as the commander of the detentions division in the jail, will graduate Dec. 13 and receive an Executive Leadership Master of Criminal Justice degree. He is one of 11 who completed the two-year program, which is modeled after a program at John Hopkins University.

Participants in the program studied leadership, ethics, strategic planning, statistical research methods, civil liability, human resource management, diversity, building community partnerships, terrorism and the nature and causes of crime.

“The Sheriff’s Office is extremely proud of Mike,” said Sheriff Joe Morales. “We appreciate his hard work and his dedication to education and to his career. He worked on the program on his days off, and still maintained quality performance at the jail.”

Students met for full-day sessions on Fridays and Saturdays for the duration of the program.

Other graduates include officers from the Aurora, Pueblo, Colorado Springs and University Health Sciences police departments; The Larimer and El Paso county sheriff’s offices; a member of the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and a former Silverthorne Police Department officer.

The Graduate School of Public Affairs Executive Leadership Master of Criminal Justice (ELMCJ) degree prepares police executives for today’s expanding, demanding roles.

The ELMCJ program allows participants to gain and enhance knowledge and skills to manage change, solve problems, plan and act strategically, develop and challenge employees, foster and encourage innovation and trust, understand and support calculated risk taking and establish and maintain organizations with a sound foundation in ethics and integrity.

Phibbs and the Sheriff’s Office operations head, Capt. Derek Woodman, are Morales’ choices for the Board of County Commissioners appointment to succeed him.

In January, Morales moves to his new job as chief of the state Department of Public Safety. Gov. Bill Owens selected Morales for the state’s top cop position.


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