Four Finalists Invited to Interview for Grand Junction Chief of Police

The recruitment process for the next Grand Junction Chief of Police is in process and four finalists have been identified. The City received 35 applications for the open position during a nationwide search conducted by an executive search firm hired by the City. Working with the search firm, City Manager Greg Caton, who is responsible for hiring the Chief, screened the list of applicants down to four finalists.

The vacant position was created after Chief John Camper left late last year after accepting the position as the Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

City Manager Greg Caton stated, “We have four very qualified candidates and look forward to the next step in the process where we get to know them better and see who would be the best choice for our community.”

The four finalists include:

Mark Francisco Pic- GJ COPMark Francisco is serving the City of Kansas City, MO Police Department as Major and Executive Officer for the Office of the Chief of Police. He also served as Major and Fiscal Division Commander. In the 27 years he has worked for the Kansas City Police Department, 23 have been in command and supervisory positions including over Internal Affairs, Academy Basic Training Unit, Tactical Response Team and Patrol. Major Fransisco earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police.

Nordine Professional

Mike Nordine
is currently serving as interim Chief of Police for the Grand Junction Police Department. Prior to taking on this role, Chief Nordine served as Deputy Chief over the Operations Division and Services Division as well as Commander over Investigations, Patrol and Services. In 2012 he was selected to take on the role of Chief of Police for Palisade, CO during their search for a new Chief. Chief Nordine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Ron Saunier Pic-GJ COPRon Saunier is serving as Commander for the Denver Police Department where he has been employed for the last 32 years. He has served in command and supervisory roles for the Department for the past nine years overseeing the Major Crimes Division, Crimes Against Persons Division and Patrol where he is responsible for over 200 personnel. Commander Saunier earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology Administration and Management and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Doug Shoemaker Pic-GJ COP
Doug Shoemaker is currently a Captain with the Jefferson City, MO Police Department where he is second in command and responsible for Detectives, Narcotics, Community Services, Traffic and Public Affairs. He has been with the Department for the last 25 years including 12 at the command level. Captain Shoemaker is also Course Director/Adjunct Instructor at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where he delivers executive-level police courses. Commander Shoemaker holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, is a Doctorate Candidate in Organizational Leadership at Wilmington University, DE and is a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command from Northwestern University.

The candidates will be involved in a multi-part orientation and interview process on April 18 and 19. The process will include an orientation and tour, a meet and greet with police department staff, breakfast with City Council, interviews with the City Manager, City Department Directors, community representatives, law enforcement subject matter experts, and a community reception.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or

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