GPD Lt. Selected as Next Chief

Lt. Deaton was selected to be the upcoming Chief of Police for the Gillette Police Department (Photo: County 17/Brooke Byelich)
Lt. Chuck Deaton was selected to be the upcoming Chief of Police for the Gillette Police Department (Photo: County 17/Brooke Byelich)

Chuck Deaton will take over as Gillette’s next chief of police starting Feb. 28, according to a Thursday announcement from the City of Gillette.

Deaton was selected from five finalists who advanced through a lengthy selection process that began soon after current Gillette Police Chief Jim Hloucal announced his retirement late last year.

“We had a very strong pool of candidates from which to choose,” City Administrator Patrick Davidson said in a Feb. 4 statement. “Each candidate would have been a great asset to the Gillette Police Department (GPD) and the City of Gillette.”

Davidson said that it was a difficult decision, but also that the city is confident that Deaton’s education and experience make him the correct choice for the next chief.

Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King agreed, adding that the city anticipates Deaton to do very well in his new position.

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“His exemplary career with the (GPD) certainly prepared him to assume this role,” Carter-King said in a statement.

Deaton has served with GPD for 29 years, 26 of which have been spent working with the department’s tactical team. In that time, he advanced through the ranks from patrol officer to patrol sergeant and eventually on to detective sergeant.

For the past 10 years, Deaton has served as a GPD lieutenant and as GPD tactical team commander while serving as acting chief of police when needed.

“I’m honored and humbled to be given this opportunity by Mr. Davidson and the Mayor and Council,” Deaton said in a statement “I look forward to working with the members of the Police Department to provide the best services possible to our community. I also look forward to working with community members to celebrate our shared successes and to proactively identify and solve issues.”

Information regarding the other four candidates was not included in the city’s release.