Richard Pryor named Aspen police chief |

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.

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.

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