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Ed Brady Appointed Chief of Police for City of Arvada

On Dec. 15, City Manager Lorie Gillis announced that she has appointed Ed Brady as the new Arvada Chief of Police. The official Swearing-In Ceremony will occur at the beginning of the Monday, Dec. 19 City Council meeting (approximately 6 p.m.) at Arvada City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road.

Ed BradyBrady, who has spent his entire nearly 29-year career with the Arvada Police Department, has served as a Deputy Chief of Police since Dec. 30, 2014. He has served as both Deputy Chief of Operations and Field Services.

Arvada Mayor Marc Williams stated, “I am pleased that Ed Brady will be the next Chief of Police for the City of Arvada. Ed is the right choice to serve the City organization and Arvada residents. His leadership will guide the Arvada Police Department through the opportunities and challenges facing our community.”    

Brady was chosen after an internal search process led by City Manager Lorie Gillis. The Arvada Police Department is among the top 1% of the country's law enforcement agencies regarding education requirements making the internal talent very well-qualified. By leveraging talent within the organization, the City will continue to ensure both certainty and excellence in the Police Department’s leadership while moving the organization forward. 

“We are fortunate to have steady leadership in the Arvada Police Department,” said Lorie Gillis. “Ed has earned the respect and trust of the Police Department team as well as the City Leadership Team and City Council. I am pleased to appoint him to lead the Arvada Police Department.” 

“I am thrilled to have Ed as our Chief of Police. His dedication to the Arvada community and our brave police team members will help Arvada continue to be one of the safest cities in the Front Range,” said Lauren Simpson, Councilmember District 2.

Ed Brady began his career as a police officer with the Arvada Police Department on April 18, 1994. He has served in a variety of roles as a police officer including field training officer and firearms instructor. Ed worked in the West Metro Drug Task Force as an investigator from February 1999 to May 2003. 

Brady was promoted to sergeant in May of 2003 and served in both the department’s Patrol Division as a patrol supervisor and in the department’s administration bureau as the Administration Bureau Sergeant. As a sergeant, Ed took part in transitioning the department into a new Records Management System, I-LEADS. He also worked on the ballot initiative for a new tax to fund additional police officer positions, which was ultimately passed by Arvada voters in 2005. 

Ed was promoted to the rank of commander in August 2007. He served in both the Patrol Division and the Administration Bureau. Ed was instrumental in leading the police department through several large projects including the transition and implementation of Police Community Stations, updating the department’s policies and procedures, implementing new dictation software for officer reports, and revamping the department’s Field Training and Evaluation Program. Ed was an instructor of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership Development Training Program. He is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff & Command. 

Ed and his wife, who works for Jeffco Public schools, have four children and recently became grandparents for the first time.