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Munday leaving Aspen police for sheriff’s office

John Colson

The only local cop with an expert command of the Spanish language and a history of involvement with the valley’s Latino culture is about to change uniforms.

Aspen Police Officer Marie Munday, as of Jan. 2, will become Pitkin County Deputy Marie Munday, switching the blue uniform of the APD for the greens of the sheriff’s department.

But, according to her and others, she still will spend much of her time working with the valley’s Latino population to smooth over the rough spots when they come in contact with local law enforcement authorities.

In fact, much of her new job will be similar to her old job, including such duties as assisting crime victims and serving as a public information officer for the sheriff’s office, as well as a limited amount of patrol duty.

“I’ll still be doing a lot of the same things I’ve been doing for the PD,” she said Tuesday. In a written statement, she added, “I look forward to working in a larger jurisdiction and to having the freedom of serving as many people as needed. Bob said whoever calls or walks through the door will get my help.”

As for Sheriff Bob Braudis, when asked why he had hired Munday, he replied, “She’s got a wonderful resum, and I’ve known her for a long time. Basically, she’s replacing Ellen [Anderson, a former deputy].”

He said that Munday will hold the position of a “functional” deputy, meaning she has a specific function within the department rather than being a general-duty patrol deputy.

Her new salary, $51,000, is a slight increase from her old salary at the police department, Braudis said.

Aspen Police Chief Joe Cortez, when asked about the loss of Munday, said the change will be felt “symbolically probably more than functionally.”

Expressing the hope that Munday’s interdepartmental role will take care of most Latino and victim-assistance matters, he said he may hire someone part-time to take care of any additional issues.

He said he may explore the idea of having such functions taken care of by volunteer helpers, noting that volunteers could be trained in all the detailed, specialized knowledge required for such a role.

“If they can relate to people well, if they’ve got some time on their hands, and if they’ve got an enthusiastic and positive outlook toward victims, we can train them,” he said.

“The Latino citizens of the valley shouldn’t see any difference,” he predicted.

Munday, 46, has been with the APD for five and a half years. Before that she was general manager at the KSPN radio station and also taught Spanish at Colorado Mountain College. She has lived in the valley for 21 years.

She said she will continue to serve on the boards of directors for the Aspen Rotary Club, Roaring Fork Legal Services and Asistencia Para Latinos, among volunteer duties.


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