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Town of Frederick Town Manager Matt LeCerf announced his decision to appoint Frederick Police Commander Todd Norris as Frederick’s new Police Chief beginning August 20th.
“Commander Norris is the ideal person to lead this department forward for the benefit of our growing community,” said LeCerf. “In my conversations with police officers and members of the community, it’s apparent that he has their full support and respect, and is the right fit for the culture of our organization. We’re confident that he’ll uphold the standards of quality our community has come to expect from their police department.”
Commander Norris began working for the Frederick Police Department in October 1992 as a part-time police officer. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999 and to Lieutenant in 2001. He served as the interim Police Chief in 2006 and became Commander in 2007. He has been mentored by Chief Gary Barbour since that time, participating in the 232nd session of the FBI National Academy, which is for active U.S. and international law enforcement personnel who seek to enhance their credentials in their field and raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. He also earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2014 from Colorado Technical University. Commander Norris has been named Officer of the Year by his peers twice. He also currently serves as an assessor for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), which involves reviewing police departments’ policies and procedures throughout Colorado to make sure they are in compliance with CACP Professional Standards.
“I’m excited to take over the helm from Chief Barbour, as he has provided us an outstanding foundation for me to build on as we move towards the future,” said Commander Norris. “This community means so much to me, and we’ve got a great support team of outstanding officers that will continue working hard to keep this community safe.”
Commander Norris will succeed Chief Barbour who will be retiring on August 18th. The public is invited to an open house reception on Chief Barbour’s last day at Town Hall (401 Locust St.) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Commander Norris will officially be sworn in as Chief at the regular board meeting on August 22nd at 7 p.m.