Kent Donahue’s death mourned |

Kent Donahue’s death mourned


We join Silverthorne Police Chief Kent Donahue’s family and friends in mourning his sudden death from an apparent heart attack Sunday night.

The 49-year-old police veteran was making his mark in the Silverthorne community and in the law enforcement community before his tenure was cut much too short.

Donahue was the perfect marriage between career goals and family goals. Last year, he brought 27 years of police experience developed in Greeley to Silverthorne where he could live in the High Country and be near son Jim Donahue’s family.

Donahue was a class act. He was well educated in his field and believed in community policing. He knew that the best public safety is derived from a close relationship with a diverse community.

To be sure, Donahue faced some tough questions with the recent tool-theft case and the suspect who got away. From our view, he handled the issue forthrightly with his public statements.

And internally, we are sure the issue was topic A in discussions in his department.

The chief will be missed as a professional and as a person. Silverthorne now has the unenviable task of replacing him.

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