Montrose is a special community where neighbors truly help neighbors. And it’s not just individual members of the community that sport the golden rule—the community as a whole also tends to be there for neighboring communities when there is a need. That’s part of the reasoning behind the City Council’s unanimous approval on Monday of entering into an intergovernmental agreement with Ouray that will allow Montrose Police Commander Gene Lillard to serve as interim Ouray Police Chief until the rural municipality can recruit a permanent Police Chief. Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn says Lillard will work as a contract employee for Ouray on a temporary basis and existing staff at the Police department in Montrose will help cover Lillard’s duties until he returns.
Ouray City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli says recruiting efforts are already underway to find a new Police Chief and the city has received 10-applications. Applicants will likely be interviewed by a Committee appointed by the Ouray City Council and the final selection will be made by Rondinelli. Ouray is also seeking to fill two patrol officer positions and have received 8-applications for those two slots. The salary range for officers is $36-thousand to $48-thousand and the salary range for Ouray Chief of Police is $52-thousand to $72-thousand annually.