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Chief Jennifer Morrison has announced her intent to retire as Chief from the Colchester Police Department in August after five years at the helm. She assumed command of the Police Department on July 29th, 2013. Chief Morrison began her career as a police officer with the Burlington Police Department in 1990. She retired as Deputy Chief from BPD in order to take the position at CPD.
Quote from Selectboard Chair Nadine Scibek: “Five years ago when Chief Morrison started working for the Town, she quickly earned the trust and respect of our community. She has been very visible and approachable in Town. She tackled some very hard and challenging issues during her time with us as chief. She also modernized police operations. We wish she would stay with us longer, but we totally understand and respect her wishes to move on, taking on new life challenges and we wish her all the best. We are thankful for her service.”
Quote from Town Manager Dawn Francis: “Chief Morrison is well regarded and well known by our community, the region and State for her passion and innovation as it relates to community policing. She has been an important part of our regional discussions as we work together as communities to solve the shared problems of mental health issues, drug addiction and how we can better deliver emergency response services to those in need. Chief Morrison is also to be commended for her openness and transparency as it relates to the Police Department’s activities when difficult issues arose, and this approach helped to instill trust in the department over the long run. She will be missed and deserves kudos for a job well done.”
From Chief Morrison:
"It has been my pleasure to serve this incredible community and my time as your chief has been the highlight of my career. Thank you for entrusting me with this responsibility and alowing me to lead this outstanding Department.
Five years have flown by and I am proud of all we have accomplished. Together with the men and women of CPD we have completely rebuilt our policy infrastructure, improved our procedures in numerous areas such as evidence and property handling, liability risk reduction, general administration and operations. WE have boosted community engagement, recruited many outstanding employees, invested in high quality training and leadership develpment, established new programs and much more.
I am most proud that the agency is prepared to excel without me. I step away with 100% confidence that the agency will be in the hands of experienced, dedicated and well-prepared leaders-professionals who have dedicated theri entire careers to this community. The Town and the Department will benefit from my decision to step aside and let others grow in new roles and responsibilities.
The support that CPD enjoys from the community is overwhelming. We truly have a special bond with our schools, our youth, local businesses and our entire community. It has been an honor and a pleasure to be part of such engaged citizenry.
Once again, thank you for the opportunity to serve."