Classic Mustang enthusiast. Wood craftsman. Guitar builder and player. Cyclist. Don Wick has many hobbies and interests he pursues in his personal time, and now this modern day Renaissance man can add a new title to his professional life: Chief of Police.
Don Wick, a 23-year Arvada police veteran, was named the new Chief of Police for the Arvada Police Department by Arvada City Manager, Craig Kocian in July, 2007.
"It is my honor to announce the appointment of Deputy Chief Don Wick to the position of Chief of Police. It is a testament to the quality of leadership in the Arvada Police Department that we had extraordinary internal candidates to succeed Ron Sloan as Chief of Police,” said Kocian.
Wick has extensive experience within the Arvada Police Department. After being hired as a patrol officer in 1985, Wick worked his way through the ranks as a sergeant, lieutenant (later reclassified as commander) and, most recently, as deputy chief beginning in 2002.
He has served in patrol, investigations, internal affairs and police administration during his career.
“My vision as police chief is to further connect the department with the community by developing partnerships and solving problems impacting citizens. I want to assure the community that the department is committed to the improvement of the quality of life for everyone who lives, works and visits Arvada,” said Wick.
Wick says he is honored to be named police chief. “The men and women of the Arvada Police Department are extremely professional and committed to providing citizens with the highest level of service possible. I am privileged to lead a department having a reputation as one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country.”
“I want to extend my deepest gratitude, admiration, and commendation to Chief Ron Sloan for his exemplary leadership of the Arvada Police Department for over 13 years. Nationally, this department has few equals and no superior, and that is due in no small part to Ron Sloan's stewardship.”
Chief Wick can be contacted through the Administration Bureau of the Arvada Police Department.