Patrick Firman is out as Denver sheriff after practically 4 years on the job overseeing Denver’s jails.
“When I came here four years ago, it was to take action on over 400 reform recommendations that touched nearly every aspect of the Denver Sheriff Department,” Firman mentioned in an announcement launched Wednesday night time. “With the help of our partners and the tireless efforts of staff, we were successful in implementing those changes. It has been an honor to serve with these amazing men and women. I wish them the best as they continue to move forward.”
The resignation comes after weeks of intense media scrutiny after a lady sued the sheriff’s workplace after she gave delivery alone in a jail cell and town’s plan to pay $1.5 million to settle with a number of feminine jail deputies who alleged the sheriff’s workplace didn’t shield them from sexual harassment from inmates.
Hancock appointed Firman to the place on Oct. 15, 2015. Firman moved to Denver from Illinois, the place he labored for sheriff’s departments.
Firman was employed to information the sheriff division by way of reform after a sequence of high-profile excessive-force instances, mismanagement points and controversy. In his first months, he reorganized the command employees of the division, modified how deputies had been scheduled and introduced in new deputies to cope with understaffing. He later rolled out a brand new use-of-force coverage centered on de-escalation that was extra strict than requirements set by federal regulation.
Final 12 months, Firman and Hancock declared that the division had accomplished practically the entire 400 reforms advised by consultants, group teams and town’s unbiased monitor after the mayor ordered a overview of the division in 2014. In a information launch, Hancock mentioned he was happy with the progress made within the division.
“For the past four years, Sheriff Firman has taken on the challenge of driving and implementing one of the most complex and critical reform efforts any of our safety departments has ever attempted,” Hancock mentioned in a information launch. “Undertaking a cultural shift of this magnitude is never easy, but the Sheriff never wavered in his commitment to implementing these needed reforms.”