News from the Chief

The Town of Empire has an opening for Deputy Chief, position available immediately


• Candidates MUST have at least one (1) year of solo patrol experience to be considered as a Lateral Officer

• A Colorado P.O.S.T. certification as a Level 1 Peace Officer is required, or Provisional letter from Colorado P.O.S.T. by date of hire

• If POST certified in another state you MUST be able to provide a Provisional Certification letter from Colorado POST by date of hire

• In addition, you MUST complete the provisional process with Colorado POST within six (6) months which includes taking the POST written certification exam and the three (3) skills exams to receive Basic certification in Colorado

• A valid Colorado Driver License and good driving record or the ability to obtain upon hire is required; must have had a Driver License for at least two (2) years

• All applicants must be currently employed full-time by a state, county, or municipal police or sheriff's department as a sworn Police Officer

• Must have the ability to pass all phases of the selection process for Lateral Police Officer

• The ability to successfully complete a background check including but not limited to: criminal history search, drug screen, motor vehicle record (MVR) check, polygraph, psychological and physical examination and physical agility test is required

• And a combination of education and experience to provide the following knowledge, skills and abilities

• Knowledge of modern police principles, procedures, techniques and equipment

• Knowledge of human nature, human problems and problem solving methods

• Good employment history, good moral character

• Current basic first aid and CPR certification

• Ability to read and write the English language effectively

• Interpersonal communications skills which are both effective and reasonable

• Proficiency in the use of police equipment

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of people

• Ability to function effectively over a long period of time and under a variety of conditions

• Ability to perform work which requires good physical condition


• The duties involve police patrol, criminal investigations, traffic regulation, related law enforcement activities and a wide variety of community services

• Members in this classification work in partnership with the community to identify and resolve issues of concern, provide public safety service to the community in emergencies and maintain peace, safety and order

• Days, evenings, weekend and holiday hours will be required

• Must pass all testing phases to move to Oral Board process

Pay Range

Range is $70,000 to 80,000 depending on experience

If interested, please contact Police Chief Andrew Lorenz:



US HWY 40 is under the jurisdiction of CDOT, not the Town of Empire. Click here for a report from DENVER 7 NEWS Jayson Luber and an interview with Former Police Chief John Stein.


Colorado Resident ID’s

Any resident of Colorado can obtain a Colorado Identification Card. As new federal travel laws will require a “REAL ID” as of October 1, 2020 ( ), it is recommended that all residents of all ages obtain REAL ID’s from their local states of residence. Colorado’s ID’s qualify as REAL ID’s per federal regulations, meaning multiple forms of identification and address verification are required to obtain a Colorado ID or driver’s license.

It is recommended that even juveniles and minors under the age of 18 obtain an ID. Colorado driver’s license and identification card requirements and information can be found online at .

Benefits for children having an ID include assistance with travel, identification of a lost child, emergency contact information for parents, and simply the factor of your child having reserved an earlier number that carries on to a driver’s license number. If young children get separated from their parents and may not know phone numbers or their address, the child could tell law enforcement their name and an officer can locate their information through the Colorado DMV database. In addition to their address, you can provide emergency contact information for law enforcement to contact the parents via phone. As children get older, they will need a REAL ID for TSA Travel requirements. Obtaining a REAL ID now rather than later in a rush is easier. Parents, your child will likely equate this to a driver’s license. Many parents have used this to as a driver’s license for bicycles, battery operated drivable toy cars, skateboards, and more. Therefore, if the child is not learning to conduct themselves in a safe manor, you have the parental authority to take away their toys and driving privilege!


Junk Vehicles, Abandoned Vehicles, and Parking Issues in Town

Town Ordinance 255 highlights:

Article I. Section 3. (4) Each and every day, or portion thereof, that this Ordinance is violated, or permitted to be violated, shall be a separate offense, and such offenses shall be prosecuted accordingly.


Section 5 (1. Abandoned Vehicles) 1.2 Any vehicle left unattended on public property, including any portion of a street, highway or right-of-way open to the general use of the public within the Town limits, for a period of seventy-two (72) hours or longer…..


2. “Junk Vehicle” means any vehicle not able to lawfully travel, under its own power, on public streets and highways in the State of Colorado. A vehicle shall be presumed to be a junk vehicle if any of the following conditions are met;

2.1 No current license plate or registration is displayed on such vehicle; or

2.2 The vehicle or parts thereof, is placed upon jacks, blocks, chains or other supports not necessary for normal operation of such vehicle; or

2.3 There is an absence of one or more parts of the vehicle necessary for the lawful operation of the vehicle upon the streets and highways.


Article III, Section 4. (2. Parking) Parking in excess of seventy-two hours


1. It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator of a vehicle to leave that vehicle parked in the same place on a public street continuously for a period in excess of seventy-two (72) hours. A vehicle shall be considered in violation of this subsection if it has not been moved at least one hundred (100) feet during the seventy-two-hour period of time, except as provided in subsection 2.3 below.

2. It shall be unlawful for the owner of a junk or abandoned vehicle, as defined in this Ordinance, to leave such vehicle parked on any public street in the Town of Empire for a period in excess of seventy-two (72) hours, regardless of location. The seventy-two-hour time limit includes the cumulative time spent on any public street in the Town of Empire. Junk or abandoned vehicles in violation of this section are subject to tow.

3. Personal vehicles may be parked on public streets directly adjacent to the dwelling occupied by the owner of the vehicle, unless posted parking signs designate otherwise. The lawful parking of recreational vehicles on public streets is addressed in Section 4, section 1.4, below.

4. Any vehicle left on a public street, not adjacent to the owner’s house, for more than 72 hours, will be considered abandoned.