The Denver Post
Robert White was chosen to be Denver's new police chief with a belief that he will restore confidence and trust in the department, said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
White for eight years has been the chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department in Louisville, Ky.
Hancock said he offered the job to White, 59, on Monday after culling through 61 applicants.
"I strongly believe he will work hand in hand with our officers to bring a new level of accountability to the department," Hancock said in a press conference this afternoon. "We were deliberate in vetting an amazing pool of local and national candidates. After weighing the wants and needs of our community and the qualifications of all of these candidates, I am
"Chief Whitman has served this city with tremendous professionalism, competence and leadership as chief of police," Hancock said. "We owe him a lot of gratitude. My respect for him as a man of class is off the chart for the way he has handled himself during this entire transition."
Hancock said he informed Whitman today that he had found his successor.
Hancock said the new chief will earn a salary of $167,607, which includes about $6,000 in extra pay to reflect his long career in law enforcement.
It is the first time in 50 years that a Denver police chief has been hired from outside the department. And White is the first African American to hold the post.
"It does surprise me, but I'm sure they did a thorough search for the best qualified person to run the ," said Det. Nick Rogers, president of the Denver Police Protective Association. "I look forward to learning everything I can about him and meeting him and trying to make this police department a better place for the citizens."