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Link Strate Named Chief of Police

The official Swearing-In Ceremony for new Police Chief Link Strate will occur at the beginning of the Monday, August 6 City Council meeting (approximately 6 p.m.) at Arvada City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road.

On July 2, City Manager Mark Deven announced that he has appointed Link Strate as the new Arvada Chief of Police. 

Strate, who has spent his entire 30-year career with the Arvada Police Department, has served as a Deputy Chief of Police since 2016.

Deputy Chief Ed Brady, who has served as the interim Chief of Police since the retirement of former Chief Don Wick in December 2017, was the other finalist for the position.

“Between Link and Ed, it was impossible to make a bad choice,” Deven stated.  “We are blessed to have amazing leadership in the Arvada Police Department.  Both finalists expressed their unwavering support for the other during the process.”

A national search was conducted to recruit a new chief; however, the top two candidates were both members of the Arvada Police Department.  Interviews were held last week, including a citizen panel and a panel made up of Department personnel.  A public reception with the finalists was held on June 27.

Throughout his career with Arvada, Link Strate has served in patrol, investigations, and traffic.  As a Commander he oversaw the Community Response Impact Team and the Criminal Investigation Bureau, and as Deputy Chief managed the multi-year transition from the Department’s dispatch center to the new regional communication center, Jeffcom.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science in Organization Leadership from Regis University.  He has trained with the FBI National Academy, the School of Police Staff and Command through Northwestern University, and the Senior Management Institute for Police with Boston University.  He is also trained and certified by the Patterson Center as a strategic planning facilitator.  His community involvement includes serving on the Family Justice Center Executive Committee and the Boards of the Jefferson County Regional Lab, Jeffcom, and Ralston House.