Silverthorne names top cop |

Silverthorne names top cop


SILVERTHORNE ” Mark Hanschmidt, Silverthorne’s acting police chief since January, is now its new permanent Chief of Police, the town announced Friday.

A longtime veteran of the SIlverthorne police department, Hanschmidt replaces former Police Chief Joe Russell, who left the position last fall.

“Based on Mark’s proven leadership abilities and his experience, he has across-the-board support from the town council and the mayor,” Silverthorne Mayor Dave Koop said. “Mark has a unique blend of leadership, experience and community knowledge that will serve us well in the coming years.”

Raised in Littleton, Hanschmidt’s entire professional career has been in service to his community. In addition to his years with the Silverthorne department, he served stints as a law enforcement officer for the Summit County Sheriff’s Department and the Fort Morgan Police Department. Before becoming a police officer, he spent several years as an Emergency Medical Technician, ski patroller and public safety supervisor at Keystone Resort.

A graduate of the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy, Hanschmidt was named the 2005 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in the state of Colorado by the Colorado Law Enforcement Officers Association.

The new police chief has been the driving force and central organizer for the Safe Summer Kickoff event and the Adopt-An-Angel program, as well as the organizer of Public Safety Department hosted picnics in the Sierra Villa Madre and Blue River Apartment complexes, town manager Kevin Batchelder said. He has been involved in the Tip-a-Cop program for Special Olympics and has received a Silverthorne commendation for saving a life in the course of his duties.

Certified in Crisis Intervention and Hostage Negotiations, Hanschmidt has also been a valuable member and leader on the Summit County SWAT team for many years.

“On behalf of the Town of Silverthorne, we are very pleased to have someone as talented as Mark Hanschmidt in our department who can assume the reins of Chief of Police,” Batchelder said.

An official swearing in ceremony will be held today at 3 p.m. at Silverthorne Town Hall.

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