Loveland selects Tim Doran as new Police Chief

The city of Loveland has selected Tim Doran as the new chief of the Loveland Police Department, and he is expected to start at the beginning of next year.

The news, released by the city Thursday night, comes after a six-month, nationwide search for the person to replace former Chief Bob Ticer, who left the department earlier this year.

Doran was selected over fellow finalists David Farrow, deputy chief of the Field Operations Bureau for the Goodyear Police Department in Arizona, and Anita Koester, division chief and overseer of the patrol division for the Lakewood Police Department.

“Chief Doran brings experience and a commitment to keeping our community safe and the Loveland Police Department accountable,” City Manager Steve Adams said in the release. “He has demonstrated integrity to community policing, and I know he will make our city proud by moving our police department forward.”

Doran has served as the assistant chief of police for the Fort Collins Police Services since 2019. Prior to his time in Fort Collins, Doran served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1995 to 2016, where he filled a number of positions including senior director for the National Security Council and Executive Office of the President and special agent in charge, according to a previous release.

From 2016 to 2019, the release added, he served as the director of service operations for Advanced Energy Industries.

As chief, the city’s Thursday release added, Doran will oversee the LPD, including “leading, building and maintaining trust with the city and community; coordinating with the City Manager’s Office and City Council; collaborating with stakeholders, and building community partnerships; and providing first-class services to the Loveland community.”

“I could not be more honored to be selected to lead the Loveland Police Department and stand with the women and men who answer the call daily and put their lives on the line for this amazing community,” Doran said in the release. “We stand at a pivotal point that’s rich with opportunity to restore trust, to repair morale, and to write the next chapter in partnership with our community. This agency has engaged in deep and necessary reflection in recent years. I’m ready to learn from the past, address present needs and build a stronger future together.”

Doran is expected to take over the department on Jan. 3.

Adams, in the release, also extended gratitude to the senior LPD leadership for “stepping up during such a transformative time for the department” and thanked Interim Chief Eric Stewart for his “leadership as we work through this important transition” as well as Assistant Chiefs Laurie Scott and Ray Butler for taking on additional leadership duties for the department.

The search for a new chief began in the summer, several months after Ticer left the department to become the police chief of the Prescott Valley Police Department in Arizona. Ticer’s departure came as the LPD was under fire following the release of information on several incidents, including the 2020 arrest of Karen Garner, which made headlines across the country and even oversees.

Adams, during a meet and greet event in October, said the city started with 44 applicants for the chief position, which was eventually whittled down to 16 candidates and finally four; Philip Gonshak, one of the finalists, withdrew his application just a few weeks after being announced as a Loveland finalist to accept another position.

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