Brian Grady, commander and executive officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department, will be the new executive director for security in Academy School District 20. Grady's appointment was approved by the D-20 Board of Education on May 2. He replaces D-20's Chief of Security Larry Borland who will be retiring at the end of June.
“I am very honored and humbled to be selected from a field of highly-qualified candidates to become the next executive director for security in Academy District 20,” Grady said. “I look forward to working with and leading the dedicated professionals who are part of the security team. After a 36-year career with the Colorado Springs Police Department I am excited to begin a new career ensuring the safety and security of the students, parents, staff and administrators of Academy District 20.”
Grady began his law enforcement career with the Colorado Springs Police Department as a patrol officer in 1977. He has served the Colorado Springs Police Department as a detective in juvenile and property crimes. He has also served as a lieutenant overseeing Patrol, Central Division and the Major Crimes Unit. In his current position as commander/executive officer he manages Internal Affairs, Public Affairs, Community Relations, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the Training Academy and the Planning, Research and Grants Unit. Grady will begin his duties in D-20 on June 10.
“We are fortunate to have been able to select a highly-experienced law enforcement executive to lead our school security team,” said D-20 Superintendent Dr. Mark Hatchell. “Brian Grady brings a wealth of expertise to our district and has the added advantage of already knowing our community.”
Grady will lead the 33-member school security and safety team for D-20 which serves more than 24,000 students and nearly 3,000 staff members in northern Colorado Springs and on the United States Air Force Academy. The district made significant improvements to safety and security beginning in 2008 when voters approved a mill levy override that promised improved safety infrastructure, security technology and additional officers.