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State patrol plans new home

SILVERTHORNE – Summit County’s state patrol troopers are making plans for their new home, but even before that, they’ll need some new administrative help.

The Colorado State Patrol is planning to move back to the County Commons near Frisco, and the plans are under review by the county’s planning staff.

Capt. Ron Prater said the law enforcement agency should be back in its old neighborhood by January 2005. Troopers previously worked out of a steel building near the animal shelter. In January 2002, the troop, which covers Park, Summit and Clear Creek counties, moved to offices above 1stBank on U.S. Highway 6 in Silverthorne. The old building was carted away.



The new building is envisioned at about 7,000 square feet, including interrogation and meeting rooms, locker rooms for officers and much-needed garage space.

Prater described it as a “facility more conducive to the kind of work we do” and said it would be one of the best-looking state patrol offices in Colorado.



Prater said the 1stBank building has been a great host, but despite the obvious security of having law enforcement officers located upstairs, the co-location has also caused tension.

“I’m sure they liked having us upstairs when we’re on duty,” Prater said. “It’s when you’re off-duty, not in uniform, and you bring your shotgun into the office. That makes tellers a little nervous when they see you walking up to the door.”

Prater and his troopers are looking to fill big administrative shoes, in the meantime. Last month, Linda Clark, the glue that held Troop 6B together through many transitions over 24 years, transferred to Broomfield.

Volunteers have been helping with office support this summer, but Prater said he’s hoping to find a full-time employee.

“We’re interested in getting the right person – a person with ties to the community who may stay for a while,” he said. “This is probably the most important position in the team.”

The position requires an interview and testing, including a polygraph. The salary for the position ranges from $2,361 to $3,495 per month, depending on experience, Prater said. The hiring process begins Sept. 4. For information, contact Prater at (970) 668-3133.

Reid Williams can be reached at

(970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.


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