Hick Names Secret Service Vet as New Denver Safety Manager

April 28 2010, 12:03 PM

Ronald Perea, the 54-year-old special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service's Los Angeles division, will return to Denver, where he worked for the service during 2008's Democratic National Convention. Mayor John Hickenlooper has announced that Perea will replace retiring Al LaCabe as the city's manager of safety as of June 1, according to INDenverTimes. "He played a vital role during the Democratic National Convention and made a lasting impression on those he worked with during one of the greatest times in our city’s history," Hickenlooper says in a statement. "Ron has a solid track record of leading by example and we look forward to him joining the city team.” The competition for the job, which pays nearly $153,000 annually, was tight, according to The Denver Post, which notes that Hickenlooper passed over retiring Denver Police Commander Rudy Sandoval, who was popular with several City Council members, the police union, and some neighborhood activists. And, a committee told the mayor to appoint either Sheridan Police Chief Marco Vasquez, a former deputy chief in Denver, or Mike Hyams, executive director of the Orange County, California, Superior Court. As for Perea, he tells the Post that he'd follow the policies LaCabe had set forth. Perea worked for the Albuquerque Police Department for five years before joining the Secret Service in 1984. Elsewhere in law-enforcement news, heroes from bygone years are set to become part of a state memorial, according to the Post.

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