Grand Junction police chief named CBI director

John Camper
John Camper

Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper has accepted a position as director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.

Camper’s last day with the Grand Junction Police Department will be Dec. 1.

“I’m honored to be given the opportunity to serve law enforcement and the community at a state level, although it is going to be tough to leave the Grand Junction Police Department,” Camper said. “The GJPD is one of the premier law enforcement agencies in Colorado, and I’m very much going to miss our exceptional employees and this very supportive community.”

Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton praised Camper as a leader respected by his staff, peers and community. “He has been an incredible asset to the city, and he will be sorely missed. The position he is moving on to is an excellent opportunity for him and represents the caliber of individual he is, and we wish him great success in this next chapter of his career.”

Camper joined the Grand Junction Police Department in 2009 as interim police chief before accepting a permanent role in 2010. During his tenure, Camper has been involved in numerous law enforcement projects and issues.

He also has served as vice-chairman of the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board and past chairman of the Hilltop Community Resources board of directors.