City Manager Appoints New Police Chief

Doug Shoemaker Pic-Sized
Doug Shoemaker

City Manager Greg Caton announced today that he has appointed Doug Shoemaker to the position of Chief of the Grand Junction Police Department. Shoemaker will undertake the duties of the position June 18, 2018. He competed for the position with three other finalists, and 34 other applicants.

Doug Shoemaker is currently a Captain with the Jefferson City, Missouri Police Department where he is 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, four of which were as Operations Commander in charge of Patrol and SWAT. Captain Shoemaker is also a Course Director/Adjunct Instructor for Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he delivers executive-level police courses throughout the United States. Commander Shoemaker holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, is a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Leadership at Wilmington University, Delaware, and is a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command from Northwestern University. He is active in a variety of community-based volunteer efforts, including the United Way of Central Missouri, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City.

City Manager Greg Caton states, “While we had a strong slate of finalists for this position, Doug rose to the top by being able to demonstrate not only his preparedness for this role, but also his sincere desire to become our next chief. I have personally conducted extensive interviews with department and community members in Jefferson City and I learned that Doug has not only had an exceptional career in law enforcement, but is an individual with unquestionable character and a true desire to serve. We are fortunate to have a police department that is already a solid organization with a collaborative culture and high level of professionalism, and I look forward to Doug taking the leadership role as chief of police.”

Shoemaker adds, “I am extremely honored to have been selected for the position of Chief of Police for the City of Grand Junction. The members of this agency have a tremendous amount of talent and compassion, along with a strong desire to serve and protect. I look forward to collaboratively working with all employees, both within GJPD and the City of Grand Junction, as well as members of our community to make Grand Junction a safe place to call home.”

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

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