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Chief of Mental Health Services

The City and County of Denver is seeking a candidate for the position of Chief of Mental Health Services. This individual will drive the strategy and performance of all Mental Health Services within the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD).  Founded in 1858, Denver is the capital of Colorado and has a consolidated city and county government.  Denver is known for its natural beauty, great food, amazing weather, a diverse and flourishing cultural scene and a true focus on quality of life. 


Denver is seeking an experienced senior level leader to work alongside the Sheriff, Chief of Operations and Chief of Administration. The responsibility of this executive will be to lead the team and services dedicated to the tremendous task of mental health response for the largest Sheriff Department in the state of Colorado with a budget in excess of $150 million.  The DSD is comprised of two divisions, Administration and Operations, and has an extremely diverse staff with over 1,000 uniformed and non-uniformed members.  Additionally, The DSD operates two separate jails and performs security for the District and County court systems, state inmate transportation, extradition duties, fugitive and K-9 units, a community corrections facility, vehicle impound facility, security at Denver Health Medical Center, inmate programming and other duties as assigned.

Position: Chief of Mental Health Services
Organization: City and County of Denver
Location: Denver,  CO 
United States
Salary: 113,875.00
Posting Start Date: 10/24/2020
Date Posted: 10/23/2020

The ideal candidate will bring a demonstrated history of fostering and supporting the championing of meaningful, compassionate treatment and reintegration programs of those with mental health and substance abuse challenges. A demonstrated record of collaborating with reentry service providers, judicial officers, criminal justice partners and community advocates is also highly desired.  This position will be required to lead and participate in request for proposal (RFP) processes related to submissions for local, state and federal contracts for mental health funding opportunities.   


The Chief of Mental Health Services will help guide the DSD in support of its mission: to provide safe and secure custody for those placed in its care and to perform all duties in a manner that is responsive to the needs of Denver’s diverse community. They will act as a servant leader in embracing and respecting individual human dignity, valuing excellence in performance, teamwork, and raising the bar in organizational accountability.  They will be expected to build a culture of ethics, equity, diversity and inclusion working alongside the other Chiefs, while fostering collaboration and trust among employees and community partners.


Denver’s Sheriff appoints this position in coordination with the Executive Director of Safety.



Licensed Clinical Psychologist or Psychiatrist

Previously held an administrative/leadership role within a criminal justice organization similar to the size and scope of the Denver Sheriff Department

Minimum of 3 years of experience directing substance abuse treatment plans

Minimum of 3 years of budget management experience



Demonstrated community advocacy for mental health related issues

Demonstrated ability to be collaborative with numerous stakeholder groups including both uniformed/civilian staff as well as community partners.

Status: This listing expires on: 12/7/2020
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Organization Information
City and County of Denver
1331 Cherokee Street

Denver,  CO 80204
United States
(720) 576-0549
Mel Peterson


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