Murphy Robinson, Denvers top public safety official, to leave post in January

Denver’s top public safety official, Murphy Robinson, on Monday announced he will be leaving his position next month.

“I have not approached this decision lightly,” Robinson said in a news release. “Serving as the director of public safety has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”

Robinson, who’s been executive director of the department since January 2020, said he’s been planning to leave for “some time.”

A nominee to replace him will be announced in the coming days, city officials said in the news release.

“In the four years since he first joined my administration, Murphy has proven to be not only an outstanding public servant, but also a true asset to our city and our residents,” Mayor Michael Hancock said in a statement. “He is a rising leader who never shied away from a challenge and approached problem-solving with a true innovative and collaborative spirit.”

The Department of Public Safety lauded Robinson for helping implement the Pepsi Center COVID-19 testing center, hosting the MLB All-Star Game this summer and launching an inmate voting program in Denver’s jail, among other accomplishments.

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