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May 24

Why I want to work for the Rifle Police Department

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.




Feb 20

City Seeking Name Suggestions for the New Pool Facility

Posted to Rifle Rapport (CT articles) by Michael Churchill

Do you have great ideas swimming around in your head? Then you may want to dive into this opportunity to make a splash! The City is soliciting naming suggestions for the new pool facility. The only restriction is that due to a recent resolution passed by City Council, City facilities can’t be named after people (they will still be honored by plaques in key locations). Hence, the Kathy Pototsky Bad Pool Pun Pool is sunk before submission. I may still try to float the idea, but will likely be told that my concept is shallow and that I should stay in my own lane. If you have deeper ideas and are buoyed by the thought of having your suggestion forever on a building, the simple stroke of a computer key may lead you to bubble to the top. Here is how to wade into the mix:

Suggestions must be e-mailed to Rifle Parks and Recreation Director, Tom Whitmore, at twhitmore@rifleco.org  by 8:23 p.m. on Friday, March 6th, 2020.

To submit a qualified entry;

1. The subject line of the e-mail must state the words “Pool Name:” followed by the suggested name. 

2. The body of the e-mail must include the name, address, and phone number of the person submitting the suggestion.

Rifle City Council will make the final determination on the name of the pool.   The decision will be announced the week of March 9th. 

So dip your toe in!  You may just submerge the competition! 

Rifle Rapport is a periodic article featuring the people and projects of the City of Rifle. If you have suggestions for future articles, please contact City of Rifle Public Information Officer Kathy Pototsky at 970-665-6420 or kpototsky@rifleco.org