Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Deputies Build Depth and Resilience in CDPS

You may have noticed a recent increase in deputy-level staff joining the Colorado Department of Public Safety. The hiring of second-in-command staff is no coincidence, but rather a strategic move by CDPS leadership to build depth and resilience into the organization.

"Ensuring that we have depth in our divisional leadership provides a layer of stability and proactive succession planning. It also frees up our Division Directors to focus on strategy and leadership instead of the day-to-day management of direct reports," CDPS Executive Director Stan Hilkey explained.

Within the department, this shift in leadership strategy can be seen in these additions within the divisions:

  • DHSEM has hired a Chief of Staff (Electra Theodorides-Bustle).
  • DCJ has hired a Deputy Director (Joe Thome, starting in September 2016).
  • CSP will be hiring a Deputy Chief.
  • DFPC has been approved for a Deputy Director position.
All four new positions were created using existing FTE and funding; no new budget allocation was needed for the positions. CBI already had deputy-level positions and therefore is not affected by this strategy change.

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