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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.

Jul 16

Meet Your City Council - Sean Strode

Posted to Rifle Rapport (CT articles) by Michael Churchill

After moving to Rifle in 2012, one of the first lessons I learned is that even one person can make a difference in a small town. Feeling an inability to make an impact on national politics, I believe I can help make quality, community-driven decisions on a local level. That is why I chose to run for City Council. 


Originally from rural Wisconsin, I made my way to Rifle by way of Chicago, Boston, San Antonio, and Denver. I have worked in academics, public relations, marketing, and community service. Still, my passion for making Rifle a great place to live and my pride for our community are my greatest strengths as a Councilor. My goal for being on Council is simple: to make the best decisions possible, based on longevity, for the residents of Rifle and the surrounding communities. In each meeting, workshop, and discussion I have as a Councilman, I strive to put my personal thoughts and opinions aside and make decisions based on what I believe is best for our citizens.


In addition to my role on Council, I am also the President of the Rifle Area Mountain Biking Organization. We are a local trail advocacy group that encourages outdoor recreation. One of our projects was the Morrow Draw trail that runs along 9th/Morrow. In the next few months, we hope to open even more walking and biking trails in-town, near the new water plant. 


 It’s an exciting time to be in Rifle. At the time of writing this article, Council is currently working diligently on recruiting a new City Manager, refining the plans for our new Rifle pool facility, and overseeing the city’s month-to-month projects. This year we have also had in-depth discussions and trainings regarding recreational marijuana and the possibility of a private/public partnership for a new city hall. We also currently have construction underway for new businesses by the hospital (across from Megan Avenue) and the new Wendy’s facility, which will redefine our city’s gateway.


Over the next 10 years Rifle will most likely see an increase in population, so we need to think about how best to approach this growth. This is our opportunity to approach expansion in an intelligent, well-thought-out manner, while also honoring and maintaining its historical virtues. Smart growth, logical planning, and staying focused on our community culture will be key elements in the coming years.


In closing, I am humbled that the citizens of Rifle chose me to be one of their representatives. It is not a task that I take lightly, and will always strive to do the best job I can. As a public servant, I value the opinion of each resident and am always open to your thoughts and suggestions.

Sean Strode
City of Rifle, Colorado

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Each week or so for the next several months, we will be highlighting our City Council members. If you have suggestions for future articles or questions you would like answered, please contact Kathy Pototsky at