Chief Miles De Young is the 6th Chief of Police in Woodland Park since the department changed from a Marshall’s Office in 1976 to a Police Department. He was appointed August 20, 2015, after Chief Robert Larson retired.
Chief De Young has over two decades of progressive law enforcement experience, a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University and a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University. He has received his Law Enforcement Executive Certification from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police in 2019 and has been recognized as the 2019 Wagon Boss by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce.
Chief De Young has also served on three different ambulance services as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT
) and been a Wildland Firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service.
He was honorably discharged from both the Minnesota Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve where he was trained as a military policeman and a psychological warfare specialist. Chief De Young has enjoyed a wide range of experiences from being a dispatcher, to attaining the rank of patrol sergeant at three different law enforcement agencies, to rising to the level of Chief of Police before his 40th birthday.
Chief De Young serves as the President of Status Code 4, Incorporated (SC4i
), Chairman of the El Paso-Teller 911 Board, Vice Chair of Families and Communities Together (FACT), Board Member of Daybreak and member of Substance Abuse Threatening Underage Residents Now (SATURN). He is a lifelong learner and actively involved in his community.
Chief De Young is an instrument rated airplane pilot and is currently working towards his commercial airplane pilot certificate in his spare time.