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Bill Vinelli, former Deputy Police Chief at Florence Police Department, said he plans to stay a while as chief of Morrison Police Department.
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Morrison has hired a new police chief.
Vinelli comes from Florence, CO and officially starts his position on Feb. 14. With over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Vinelli looks forward to his next challenge.
This comes after former police chief Misty Siderfin resigned after only three months in the position, citing limited resources and officer vacancies.
Here’s what Vinelli had to say about his upcoming role in Morrison. This Q&A has been edited for clarity.
Why did you come into law enforcement in the first place?
It’s been a lifelong dream since I was maybe 12 years old. I knew my career path then, if I wasn’t going to be a pro athlete, then it was going to be law enforcement.
What is your biggest passion in this line of work?
I was retired for a short bit and I got back into it because I realized I still had a passion to help people.
What are you most proud of?
The fact that I went from a patrol officer in the City of Florence to a deputy police chief in a matter of months…most people don’t promote that quick.
I’ve had a pretty long career. I’ve written a lot of grants for the City of Florence that have helped the officers in the field for new equipment. I’m really proud that I’ve written a lot. I’m really hoping to write a lot for Morrison.
Why did you decide to come to Morrison?
I’ve been in law enforcement for, in April, 32 years. I’m really happy in the position I’m in in Florence…but I feel I have more that I can give. I feel I can do good things for a police department that is small. I’m hoping to be the guy that comes in and turns it around for the Town of Morrison.
What are your goals for leading Morrison?
One of my first goals is to get the police department re-staffed. I believe with my ties to the police community. I think I can get the staff back up by the date I’m thinking in my head so we can be ready for summer events.
What are some of the tactics you plan to use in recruiting?
My recruiting is going to be basically word of mouth. I will send emails to agencies I have worked with and worked for. I think Morrison has taken a great step in the pay factor.
How do you plan to get to know the community?
I think they are planning a meet and greet. I’m not shy, having dinner locally, introducing myself during the day, it’s really hard to miss when you’re wearing a uniform.
Are you here for the long haul?
I’ve told the town manager that I am going to retire from law enforcement at the age of 64. That is 10 years from now. I told her I am going to do my best, that I am going to give her a minimum of five, hopefully 10 years.
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