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Richard Pryor named Aspen police chief

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Richard Pryor was named Aspen's new police chief during a city press conference on Monday. (Aspen Times file)

ASPEN ” Richard Pryor is Aspen’s new police chief.

His appointment to the post, announced at a city press conference late Monday afternoon, is effective immediately.

Pryor, 44, was a deputy chief with the department and acting police chief after former Chief Loren Ryerson resigned last month.

“I considered a national search effort, but I became convinced that I couldn’t have found a better police chief than Richard Pryor,” said City Manager Steve Barwick in a prepared statement.

Pryor, a Missouri Heights resident, expressed interest in the post early on, after Ryerson stepped down following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

A native of Hertfordshire in England, Pryor grew up in a farming community and attended the Royal Agricultural College before moving to the United States in 1989. After starting as a community safety officer with the Aspen Police Department in 1994, he served through the ranks of police officer and sergeant. He was promoted to deputy chief in 2001.

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Said Pryor in a prepared statement: “Residents, visitors and the working population all expect a professional yet open and approachable police department. I am committed to the continuation of this tradition and to fostering relationships that improve upon this philosophy.”

See Tuesday’s Aspen Times for more on Pryor’s appointment.