Murphy Robinson appointed to serve as Denver’s public safety director

The man serving as Denver’s interim public safety director will get the job full-time.

Murphy Robinson, who was appointed interim director in January, was hired Wednesday for the role full time by Mayor Michael Hancock. Robinson also had been serving as the city’s chief operating officer. The city’s public safety director oversees the police, fire and sheriff’s departments as well as 911 communications, community corrections and other programs.

“Murphy has shown time and time again the level of innovative thinking, managerial performance and focus on equity that the people of Denver expect from their city government, and I know he will continue to lead the way as the permanent Executive Director of Public Safety,” Hancock said in a news release. “As a former law enforcement officer himself, he knows firsthand what it takes to keep our police, fire and sheriff departments performing at their very best, and I have every confidence that he will continue to be a phenomenal leader for this critical department.”

One of Robinson’s most important tasks will be helping the mayor choose a new sheriff. The sheriff’s department has been operating with an interim since October when Sheriff Patrick Firman stepped down, and city officials announced last week they would repost the opening and expand the search for a replacement. Frances Gomez is the interim sheriff.




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