New Palisade police chief to start in April

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PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO) -- A new chief will take the reins of the Palisade Police Department starting in early April.

Tony Erickson comes to Mesa County from Simla, Colo., where he owns a ranch and runs cows, according to Palisade Town Administrator Richard Sales.

With more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Erickson is currently serving as a sergeant for the Colorado Springs Police Department. He has been a patrol sergeant, training sergeant, detective and field training officer.

Erickson's education includes a bachelor's degree in business administration and a certificate from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Director Program's 70th Command Institute for Police Executives.

Sales says Erickson had strong support from panels during his interview process, and his passion for community-based law enforcement and understanding of small towns helped him get the job, according to Sales.

Erickson was thrilled to take the position, and says Palisade was his top choice in the places he applied.

"I'd done a lot of research on the town and the department. The kind of supervisor that I am and my work experience, [I thought] I could really benefit the community, because I expect to be a working chief and to be as visible as I can be," Erickson said.

The new chief will sell his ranch and move his family to Palisade between now and April.

He says he will move out ahead of his family while his children finish the school year.

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