City Manager Jane Brautigam today announced that Deputy Police Chief Carey Weinheimer, a 29-year veteran of the Boulder Police Department, will serve as interim police chief effective Sept. 3. Weinheimer replaces Chief Greg Testa who will retire Sept. 3 after 32 years as a Boulder police officer.

“Deputy Chief Weinheimer has played an essential role in maintaining the high standards of the department and in building our strong relationships with community members to ensure the Boulder Department continues to represent Boulder’s values and a safe community for all individuals who live, work and visit here,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “I am confident that Deputy Chief Weinheimer is well prepared to lead the department with the full support of the leadership team and the respect of our officers throughout the organization.”

Weinheimer joined the Boulder Police Department in 1990.  During Weinheimer’s tenure with the Boulder Police Department, he has served as an officer, detective, sergeant, commander and deputy chief.  He has been closely involved in the management of the Police Department and has worked with the city organization to launch the first-ever Boulder Stop Data Report. Weinheimer also is a member of the city’s racial equity team, working with the Government Alliance on Racial Equity, to improve the equitable treatment of all community members.

“We are fortunate that our police department is a healthy organization, and one that continues to challenge itself to be innovative, transparent and to reflect our community values,” said Brautigam. “Deputy Chief Weinheimer understands the Police Department and the community. I am confident that he will be a strong interim chief until a new police chief is selected.”

Brautigam said the city will conduct a search process for the next chief of police beginning in the fourth quarter of this year. “In our search for Boulder’s next police chief, understanding this community’s values, maintaining strong department leadership, and partnering with residents to ensure Boulder has a transparent and equitable police force is essential” she explained. “As part of our selection process, we will provide opportunities for the community to meet with the finalists and provide input on the candidates.”

A date has not yet been set to fill the position, and the city will work closely with law enforcement officers from outside organizations to evaluate candidates on policing standards, leadership, experience, and preparedness to serve the Boulder community as chief of police.

Published: July 30, 2019

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