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Retirement and promotion celebrations at the sheriff’s office

Division Chief Bruce Haas retires after four decades of service at the Boulder County Jail.

Boulder, Colo. -- Today the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office honors 40 years of dedicated and distinguished service from retiring Jail Division Chief Bruce Haas. Bruce joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1976 when he came to Boulder to pursue his Public Administration Master’s Degree from CU Boulder after completing degrees in police science and social welfare.

Throughout his career, Bruce’s commitment to providing the best in jail management has been steadfast. In the late 1970s, Bruce was an early participant of the Colorado Jail Association (CJA), and successfully worked to affiliate the organization with the American Jail Association to promote change that benefited not only Boulder County, but all of Colorado. For over 20 years, Bruce served as the CJA treasurer, then later as the president, and was the longest running CJA officer. He served with the CJA because he felt working collaboratively on shared issues would advance jail management thereby benefitting inmates and their families, criminal justice partners and the larger community. The list of issues impacted by Bruce’s vision is lengthy, and the changes will be long lasting. Bruce’s work through CJA to form Transports Across Colorado resulted in annual savings of thousands of dollars. He has also championed inmate programs to improve the life skills of jailed men and women in order to help them break the cycle of incarceration.

The rising number of Axis I inmates (acute mental health symptoms that need treatment, including major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders) is the most challenging facet of jail management today. Chief Haas has worked closely with valued partners such as Community Justice Services, Mental Health Partners, the Public Defender’s Office, the Boulder District Attorney’s Office, and the Colorado Judicial Branch to ensure the policies and practices of the Boulder County Jail reflect the changing needs of those we serve while preserving the rights and safety of those serving court mandated sentences at the jail.

Certified Jail Manager Jeff Goetz is Bruce’s successor. Jeff has 26 years of experience working at the Boulder County Jail. During his career, Jeff has labored to bring innovative practices to the jail. Jeff most recently served as the jail's administrative commander.

Geno Martinez and Lydia Mitchell promote to the rank of jail commander. Geno is a 26-year veteran dedicated to upholding our standards, and willing to take on special assignments such as work in the Emergency Operations Center whenever needed. Lydia is a 19-year veteran whose efforts to improve jail processes make jail operations more efficient, and who possesses an intangible quality inspirational to others. Rafael Avina, Vili Maumau, and Jud Vaughan promote to the rank of jail sergeant, each of them possessing the skills and character to excel as frontline supervisors.

Sergeant John Goodrick retires after 17 years of service during which he put forth his best effort every day in support of the mission and values of the Sheriff’s Office.

Over the last four decades, retiring Jail Division Chief Bruce Haas has developed staff as well as policies and procedures that position the Boulder County Jail to continue providing the best in public safety services.

Members of the media are welcome to attend the retirement/promotion ceremony, which will be held at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road, at 4:00 p.m.

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