Morrison police chief resigns

Chief cites lack of resources and quality applicants for officer positions

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Morrison Police Chief Misty Siderfin is resigning after three months in the position, with her last day Oct. 21.

In her Oct. 7 letter of resignation, Siderfin states that she is “unable to continue within this role due to the limited resources, lack of financial stability and budgeting for the Police Department, demands for the police department to support its own budget, lack of transparency, and extremely low numbers of quality applicants for the current vacancies.”

Kara Winters, Morrison's town manager, could not be reached for comment at this time.

Siderfin had replaced George Mumma, who parted ways with Morrison in August 2020. The town has not decided how it will proceed.

Siderfin was hired in early July because of her qualifications, her experience with community policing, and town officials believed her personality would fit will with the town, Winters previously said.

In August, Siderfin asked the Town Board to contract with the Jeffco Sheriff's Office to provide Morrison with law enforcement for six months while she rebuilt the department. The decision came because Morrison had lost several officers to other departments with higher salaries.

Siderfin was in a unique position to rebuild the department because she had built the Severance, Colorado, police department from the ground up.

Last month, officers' salaries increased from $43,000 to $55,000 annually, and Siderfin advertised to fill three officer, a detective and a sergeant position. Only seven applicants are moving forward to phone interviews. With Siderfin's resignation, it is unclear whether the town will move forward with hiring officers.

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