Colorado State Patrol promotes woman to lieutenant colonel www.privateofficer.com
Denver CO March 18 2012 A female trooper made history today at the Colorado State Patrol.
The department announced today that Major Brenda Leffler is being promoted to lieutenant colonel — a rank no other woman has reached during the 76 year history of the department.
Before joining the State Patrol, Leffler was a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army and the National Guard between 1987 and 1997.
She joined the department in 1993, starting her career as a trooper in Golden.
In 2002 Leffler was promoted to sergeant in Gilpin County. Just three years later she became a captain and then served as commander and major for the homeland security section of the patrol.
Most recently, Leffler was a liaison to the executive command
Trooper Michael R. K. “Piney” Harris’ Purple Heart Award with Chief James Wolfinbarger(right), Chief of the Colorado State Patrol (Photo provided by the Colorado State Patrol)staff and the Office of the Chief.
“Lt. Colonel Leffler becomes an integral part of accomplishing our Strategic Plan, Intelligence-Led Policing plans and other pressing challenges facing the patrol today,” said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the CSP.
Leffler replaces Lt. Colonel Anthony Padilla — the first Latino in that position — who retires in April.
During the same ceremony, another trooper, Michael R. K. “Piney” Harris received the department’s purple heart award for overcoming injuries sustained on-duty in late 2009.
The award has been presented previously to only five other Colorado State Patrol members.
Harris was injured in October 2009 while conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 6 west of Golden.
The man who Harris pulled over assaulted him and as he drove away dragged Harris for an unspecified distance.
The man already had two warrants, and was later arrested, convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.
Harris underwent surgeries and a year of physical therapy and was only recently able to return to full duty in November.
“Trooper Harris’ dedication to duty and his willingness to sacrifice his safety and well-being in the performance of his duties on behalf of the people of the State of Colorado is commendable,” read todays announcement.