Terrence Gordon was named the new chief of police by the city of Thornton on Friday.
Gordon has been with the Milwaukee Police Department since 1995.
He worked in sensitive crimes/crimes against children, violent crimes and homicide divisions in Milwaukee, and was also a crisis negotiator and supervisor of the crisis negotiators unit.
Gordon became a captain in 2010, a commander in 2011 and assistant chief just two months ago. He also served as training director for the police academy.
“Terrence comes to us with a long and stellar record of leadership among the Milwaukee police department as well as the Milwaukee community," Thornton City Manager Kevin Woods said.
"He has built an impressive resume as a senior community leader and has a unique and deep understanding of community policing. Chief Gordon will be a valuable addition to our Police Department and we are all excited and eager for him to begin."
Gordon replaces Randy Nelson, who retired in May after being with the Thornton Police Department for 42 years.
"[Nelson] left a legacy of honor and principled leadership," Woods said. "We knew finding his successor would be challenging."
Gordon will begin in December.