Brighton police chief to retire after 34-year career

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Posted 7/25/22

Brighton Police Chief Paul Southard announced his retirement, effective Oct. 15. It wraps up 34 years in law enforcement.

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Brighton police chief to retire after 34-year career

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Brighton Police Chief Paul Southard announced his retirement July 25, effective Oct. 15.

It wraps up 34 years in law enforcement. Southard has been the police chief in Brighton since July 2016.

City Manager Michael Martinez appointed Deputy Chief Matt Domenico to serve as interim police chief.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the Brighton community for the last 34 years,” Southard said in a press release. “I have been fortunate to work alongside the most dedicated, professional, and selfless men and women in law enforcement, and I am confident they will continue to serve Brighton with the utmost integrity.”

Before he became chief, Southward was the deputy chief of police in charge of police operations and oversight for the department in the chief's absence. He also was a police captain, a lieutenant, sergeant, detective and a patrol officer in Brighton.

Southard has a bachelor's degree in applied management from the National American University and a master's degree in organizational leadership from Colorado State. He also graduated from the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command.

Professional awards he has received include the 1994 and 1999 Police Employee of the Year, a 1994 lifesaving award, the 1998 commendable service award, city supervisor of the year in 2000, and distinguished service awards in 1994, 2002, 2004 and 2011.

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