Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz has been confirmed as the next chief of police in Aurora, Colo.
Metz told The Seattle Times Tuesday morning that the Aurora City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to hire him as the city’s next police chief.
“I am honored by the appointment,” Metz said in a text message Tuesday. “I spent the last several days meeting with the women and men the Aurora Police Department and members of Aurora’s diverse community. They were incredibly welcoming and hospitable. It became clear relatively quickly, that I made the right choice. I’m excited for this new opportunity. I will certainly miss Seattle and SPD, but the move feels right.”
During an interview last month, Metz said he has always wanted to lead a police department and is excited about the move.
Metz told The Denver Post Monday that he plans to start work early next month.
“It’s a dream come true to have this opportunity. It’s a great police department,” Metz said in an interview with The Times. “The opportunity to work with an incredible agency is something I’m looking forward to.”
Metz, 52, moved to Seattle in 1983 from Minneapolis to work as a Seattle police officer. He said he has raised his children here and considers department colleagues an extended part of his family.
Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city, with more than 347,000 residents and a police force of 650 sworn officers.
As Metz is leaving, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole is interviewing candidates for all five assistant chief positions. Candidates say they are being interviewed this week; a decision is expected in about two weeks, a department official said.
In December, O’Toole announced that she was opening the five positions, including Metz’s job, to competition, seeking applications internally and externally, including any submitted by the current assistant chiefs.