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Steven ‘Chris’ Noeller named as next chief of police in Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- The search for Pueblo's next police chief is over, and it didn't have to go very far. Acting police chief Steven "Chris" Noeller will be appointed as the next permanent chief of police, effective Aug. 10. That's according to an announcement from the city Thursday.

We've had our eyes on the search for Steel City's new police chief since a report was released with allegations against Noeller for discrimination and bullying.

Documents obtained by 13 Investigates show that from 2018 to 2020, ten complaints were filed by Pueblo police officers against then-Deputy Chief Noeller.

Denver-based law firm Hoffman, Parker, Wilson, & Carberry conducted the investigation into Noeller and completed it on April 2. The report noted "numerous examples of Deputy Chief Noeller being difficult to work with, having a temper that is not productive in the workplace, and treating various individuals differently than others, and in many cases treating them poorly," according to the executive summary.

Despite the report, Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar said he was confident in Noeller's appointment as interim chief when we asked for a comment in April.

In a statement sent Thursday, Gradisar said "Acting Chief Noeller has shown great leadership skills and a capacity for growth."

Noeller replaces former chief Troy Davenport, who retired this year after three decades in law enforcement.

Pueblo City Council will confirm the appointment on Aug. 9, according to the city.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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Andrew McMillan

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  1. Out with the corrupt old, in with the corrupt new, surprise, surprise, surprise. Called it.
    “July 14, 2021 at 7:36 AM
    Even after the facts have been broadcast to the pueblo voters, this board still has Steven Noeller, Acting Chief of Police, as a candidate? As I stated before, how bad were the other 12 candidates to still even consider this … now top 3 candidate? Sounds like a stacked deck and the dealer knew which 3 cards he wanted to play 3-card monte with so the still pick their original chosen candidate, Steven Noeller.
    The illusion of finding the best suited for the job, what a dog and pony show.”
    https://krdo.com/news/2021/07/13/top-3-candidates-for-the-pueblo-chief-of-police-position-announced/

    1. I agree. It would appear that the results of the investigation from the outside company should have been sufficient to disqualify him as a candidate from the beginning. I’m just glad I don’t live down there.

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