Edgewater’s police chief leaves to run homeland security office

Irma Whys
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On Feb. 23, Karl Wilmes will leave his job as Edgewater police chief to become director of the Office of Preparedness, Security and Fire Safety. He will be the first director of the office that oversees Colorado’s homeland security.

Joe Morales, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, made the announcement.

Morales said Wilmes had been chosen for the position because of his strong leadership in building partnerships and collaboration between public safety agencies and communities.

A native Coloradan, Wilmes has 25 years of law enforcement experience and has served as Edgewater police chief for four and 1/2 years. A graduate of the 187th session of the FBI National Academy, Wilmes is president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police and an adjunct faculty member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Wilmes said he looks forward to the challenges of his new job and serving with Morales and other members of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. It was both an honor and a privilege, he said, to receive the position.

The Office of Preparedness, Security and Fire Safety was created in May 2002 when Gov. Bill Owens signed House Bill 02-1315. The office is charged with assessing the threat of terrorism in the state, assisting local governments in developing preparedness and defense plans, coordinating all planning efforts and providing federal grant resources on state and local levels.

Lt. Dan Keough will serve as interim police chief in Edgewater until the position is officially filled.