New Littleton police chief comes from Denver force

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A captain with the Denver Police Department will soon take over as Littleton’s new police chief, the city announced Friday afternoon in a news release. Douglas Stephens, who secured the support of the Littleton Police Officers Association, is expected to assume his new post in early May.

The job opening was created when Heather Coogan announced her retirement in January. Her last day as chief was April 1.

More than 40 people were interviewed for the position in a process that included a citizens panel and a police department board. But the final decision on whom to hire was made by City Manager Michael Penny.

“This was an impressive group of law enforcement professionals, but Doug Stephens was the unanimous choice of each of the four interview panels,” Penny said in the news release. “He understands that I am looking for a human-focused leader who knows law enforcement and has the skills to meet the community’s needs.”

Stephens’ experience with the Denver force includes working as the commanding officer for the gangs bureau and commander of the pattern crimes bureau.

Stephens, who has a master’s degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, will be paid $130,000 per year.