Joe Roberts was appointed Chief of Police in April 2020 and brings over 38 years of law enforcement experience to the department. Chief Roberts came to Cedaredge most recently from Log Lane Village, Colo., which is a small suburb of Fort Morgan, with a population of about 1,100. He served as Chief there as well as in Simla, Colo. He spent several years in law enforcement in Fort Carson, working his way up from working in the emergency operations center up to serving that agency as Chief as well. Before that, Chief Roberts served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years as a military police officer. He has been to every continent except for Australia and Antarctica, and was deployed 16 times in his Army career. Currently, Chief Roberts serves as the secretary/treasurer for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, in order to lend the small, rural perspective to statewide policing initiatives.
When he isn’t working, Chief Roberts loves to be in the outdoors. He grew up around the water and loves boating and fishing. He also likes to take his two dogs, Inky and Lulu, for walks and hikes. “One of the first things I fell in love with of Cedaredge is just how beautiful it is,” he said. “Since I got here I’ve been driving around saying, “Let’s see where this road goes,” and each road I turn down is prettier than the next. This place is a dream."