Fountain Police Chief Dan Corsentino has resigned, citing another job opportunity as the reason.
Corsentino was hired in February 2009 after his predecessor, Charles Crawford, left following an investigation that he had lost his gun.
Corsentino was Pueblo County sheriff for years and ran unsuccessfully for Congress.
Here's his adios letter to his staff:
Dear Members of the Fountain Police Department,
Over the last 30 days I have been thinking about each and every one of you, the positive, the negative and the direction I would like this organization to go. Over the last 16 months we have had many successes, as well as some difficult times. However, I have been amazed at the ability of so many of you to remain professional in light of the financial challenges the organization has faced in the past and will continue to face in the future. As your frustration level has grown so has mine which has caused me to review options that are in the best interests to me and my family. As those options turned into opportunity I realized that I would have to reduce my commitment to the Fountain Police Department for the future employment opportunity to become a reality. As a result of a future employment opportunity I have informed the City Manager that I am tendering my resignation as Police Chief effective June 30th, 2010. I have great confidence that if the men and women of this organization would unify, work together, and seek excellence at every level you would become an excellent police organization. Also, with every resignation, or change the rumor mill begins… save yourself the time and understand this was my decision for my family, me, and the future.
I want to thank Mr. Scott Trainor, for the opportunity to be part of the Police Department, Mayor Jeri Howell for the confidence she placed in me, members of the Fountain City Council, Mr. Dave Smedsrud for his total professionalism everyday I was here, Fire Chief Darin Anstine for bringing humor to the work place and all of you.
I wish you all the best, good luck, and God bless you
Remember life is short do what you have to do when you need to do it!
Dan L. Corsentino, Chief of Police
City of Fountain