Chief of Police


Message from Chief Chris Murtha

In early January, City of Wheat Ridge City Manager Patrick Goff announced my selection as the next Chief of the Wheat Ridge Police Department. 

“I’d like to thank all of you, our staff, and our public safety partners for providing input on the search. I am very excited to have begun serving the City of Wheat Ridge and look forward to meeting our residents, business owners and civic leaders as I begin to make my way around the city. 

My previous position was as the Deputy Chief for the Patrol Bureau of Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland. I have 23 years of experience in law enforcement and at Price George’s County led a department of 1,900 men and women, both sworn and civilian. During my tenure we adopted a new records management system, and automated speed enforcement, and license plate readers. I have worked hard to forge a positive image for my agency and to demonstrate a balanced approach to leadership. I have focused on creating positive community relationships to move our agency in a progressive direction, and look forward to collaborating with you to do the same for Wheat Ridge.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and a certificate from the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

If you have questions about the department or concerns about our community, please contact me. I look forward to meeting you at one of our community meetings or an event in the coming year.

Chief Chris Murtha

303-235-2913

Annual Reports

 2017 Annual Report

 2018 Annual Report
 

The National Search for the next Chief of Police 

The City engaged Public Sector Search and Consulting (PSSC) to lead the national search process for the City’s next Chief of Police. PSSC held community and employee focus group meetings to gain a better understanding of the qualities Wheat Ridge desires in its next Chief. In addition an online and printed survey was distributed to staff and community members. Two final candidates were selected and participated in the Police Chief Candidate Community Forum to meet community members and answer questions.

Welcome Chris Murtha New Chief of Wheat Ridge Police

The City of Wheat Ridge City Manager Patrick Goff has selected Chris Murtha as the next Chief of the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Murtha has accepted a conditional offer pending final background screenings.  

“I’d like to thank the community, our staff, and public safety partners for providing their input as we conducted a national search for the next Chief of Police. The selection process was a difficult one due to the level of qualified candidates who applied for the position,” stated Patrick Goff, city manager of Wheat Ridge. “I am very pleased to announce the selection of Chris Murtha as our next Chief of the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Chris is an exceptional leader and has a proven track record of reducing crime through an innovative and collaborative approach to community policing. He and his wife are very excited to return to the Denver area, and we are looking forward to welcoming him officially on February 10, 2020,” continued Goff.

Chris Murtha currently holds the position of Deputy Chief for the Patrol Bureau of Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland. A former Denver resident, Murtha has 23 years of experience in law enforcement. Leading a department of 1,100 men and women, both sworn and civilian, Murtha was instrumental in adopting a new records management system, automated speed enforcement, and license plate readers. “I have worked hard to forge a positive image for my agency and to demonstrate a balanced approach to leadership. I have focused on creating positive community relationships to move our agency forward in a progressive direction,” stated Murtha.

Murtha received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and a certificate from the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

As Deputy Chief for the Prince George’s Police Department, Murtha oversees calls for service by patrol to the University of Maryland-College Park Campus, FedEx Field, National Harbor Convention Center, Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington (home of Air Force One), and other venues.

Wheat Ridge Chief of Police Community Engagement Report

Wheat Ridge Police Department Community Forum Series

September 2017 Forum on Crime

November 2017 Forum on Homelessness