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Posted to Positives within Your City by Michael Churchill
Ever since I was a little kid I dreamt of becoming a Police Officer. When I first came to Colorado, I was amazed by the mountains, the way of life and the kindness of its people. As life took its turn, I came to live in the town of Rifle; As years flew by I stayed local until it was my time to serve my country in the U.S Marine Corps. Now, as my Four-Year enlistment comes to an end, I would be honored to come back and serve and protect the property and lives of both citizens and guest of Rifle Colorado.
Even before I left for my service, I knew, Rifle would be the town I would come back to and raise a family. Coming back to Rifle and seeing how fast it is growing and all the changes that come with a growing town, it is tough to see that drugs, theft and crime is also growing. Giving back to this community and having an impact on the positive changes will be a great satisfaction. Knowing that the community feels safe and protected when they see us patrolling the town and responding to their calls for assistance.
It would be an honor not only to be a part of this community, but also to be part of the great men and women that protect it. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve with helpful, knowledgeable and experienced officers; This will help me learn and grow as a person and as a police officer. Serving along with team oriented officers, that are doing everything in their hands to promote the peace, safety and the well-being of the Rifle community is what encourages me to be part of the Rifle Police Department. The Rifle Police Department offers many opportunities for me to continue to learn and progress professionally.
The experience I have gained while serving my country has given me the confidence I needed to become a police officer. It helped me to mature so much more and acquire skills such as; leadership, personnel management, decision making and critical thinking under stressful situations. I also possess an extensive knowledge of ground patrolling, security, surveillance, data collection, marksmanship and detainee handling. Skills that will help me better serve and protect the citizens of this city. While I was in the service I traveled to many countries and different parts of the United States. It was then that I saw that our presence makes people feel safe and protected.
Coming back to Rifle Colorado, I look forward to working for the Police Department, helping the men and women of this great department serve and protect this community. Knowing that the citizens of Rifle feel safe when they see us patrolling, assisting, interacting, and responding to their calls for assistance is a great satisfaction. Same satisfaction I had when I served and deployed with the U.S Marine Corps. I am excited to get a chance to work along the great man and women of this Department and have an impact on the positive change of this town.
Posted to Rifle Rapport by Michael Churchill
Hello, I’m Joe Carpenter. I was elected to the Rifle City Council last fall. I came to Rifle in 1973 to work for my dad, Joe Senior, who owned an auto parts store across from the fair grounds. I had enlisted in the Navy at 17 and was lucky enough to see most of the world, some parts friendly and some not. I experienced everything from being on the crew that picked up the Apollo 7 astronauts, to being catapulted in our squadron’s aircraft off of four different Aircraft Carriers.
After the military, I got into financial services with Citi Bank and Transamerica Financial Services. This led to my being approached in 1978 by the owners of Glenwood Industrial Bank who asked me to manage a new bank in Rifle. I managed Rifle Industrial Bank until 1982, the year of the big bust. I then went into the insurance business and operated my agency until 2013 when I retired.
One of my primary goals has always been advocating on behalf of other veterans. I was the Garfield and Pitkin County Veterans’ Services Officer for 19 years. Additionally, I served as the spokesperson for Senator Bennett for rural veteran’s health care issues at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and was on Congressman McGuiness’s Service Academy Selection Committee. I used a back office at my insurance agency to interview my vets.
I ran for Council after being encouraged by several folks around town. I was very much humbled by the response from the voters. I thought that perhaps I could help Rifle. I believe that we have a good base to build on. Our downtown is a jewel that we need to expand on. I would like to see Rifle be more self- sufficient, meaning not relying on the upper valley for the bulk of our jobs. We have the tools for light industrial growth which I would think we could utilize to lure more businesses. Rifle is sure not the place it was in 1973, but it’s still a great town to live in. I was fortunate to have raised four great kids here. They have given me eleven grandchildren, all but two of which live on the western slope. I am indeed fortunate.
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