Deputy chief named to lead Grand Junction police on interim basis

Mike Nordine
Mike Nordine

Mike Nordine has been appointed interim chief of police in Grand Junction.

Nordine, who serves as deputy chief of the department, will take over following the departure of John Camper on Dec. 1 to become director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the Grand Junction Police Department,” Nordine said.  “I look forward to building upon the culture of excellence our employees have worked so hard to create.”

Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton appointed Nordine interim chief and said he’s well suited for the role.

“The City of Grand Junction is very fortunate to have a deep bench of command staff within the police department with great experience,” Caton said. “The department has two deputy chiefs who both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their positions. Deputy Chief Nordine expressed interest in serving as interim chief and is well suited to settle into the role during this time of transition. I have the utmost confidence and trust that Deputy Chief Nordine will serve as a great interim police chief.”

Nordine has worked for the Grand Junction Police Department since 1983 after earning his degree in criminal justice from what’s now Colorado Mesa University.

Nordine has served in numerous capacities over the course of his career,  including field training officer, school resource officer, special weapons and tactics commander and investigations commander. He’s served as deputy chief since 2013. He also served as interim chief of police in Palisade for about six months in 2012 and 2013,

Nordine is a graduate of the Southwest Supervisory Institute, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and Senior Management Institute for Police.