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Granby selects Jim Kraker as next Chief of Police

Lance Maggart

Granby’s next Chief of Police has been selected.

On Tuesday night Dec. 13 the Granby Board of Trustees voted to appoint Jim Kraker, currently serving as a Sergeant with the Granby Police Department (GPD), to his new role as Granby Chief of Police. Kraker will replace current Granby Police Chief Bill Housley who will retire from a four-decade-plus career in community policing at the end of this month. Kraker is scheduled to begin his official duties as Chief around the start of the New Year.

The Sky-Hi News reached out to Sgt. Kraker Wednesday morning Dec. 14 for comment but he was unavailable at the time as he was performing patrol duties in the community. Granby Mayor Paul Chavoustie explained the decision to appoint Kraker as the next Granby Police Chief came during executive session Tuesday night.

Kraker’s selection came after a standard search process that included the Board of Trustees, a community panel with four members and a professional panel headed up by Loren Kramer, former Colorado Springs Chief of Police, and Ron Sloan, former Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Mayor Chavoustie commented on the process saying, “We had three excellent candidates. Between the panels and the Board the recommendation was to hire Sergeant Kraker.”

Over the next few weeks Granby’s current Chief of Police Bill Housley will be working on the transition as Sgt. Kraker steps into his new role. “I will be working very closely with Sergeant Kraker during my remaining time here to insure an orderly transition of command,” Housley said. “I will do everything in my ability to assist in that transition.” Chief Housley pointed out that as a retiring Town employee he was not a part of the selection process that chose Sgt. Kraker as his replacement.

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