My name is Stewart Curry and I am excited at the opportunity to serve the community of Basalt as the Sergeant of Patrol. I was born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.
I have ten years of Law Enforcement Experience working with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Police Department, Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department, Snowmass Village Police Department and the Basalt Police Department. I have been a Community Safety Officer, a Traffic Control Officer, a 911 Dispatcher and a Police Officer. I also teach at the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy located in Glenwood Springs. In my spare time I can be found snowboarding, hiking, riding my motorcycle and enjoying the outdoors.
My name is Officer Penny Paxton. I have worked for the Basalt Police Department since August 20, 2001. I moved to the area from Butte Montana. I also lived in Great Falls Montana and was a Police Officer there. I was born in Orange County California and lived in a small town in Southern California until I was eleven years old. I moved to Colorado and lived in the Castle Rock area, graduating from Douglas County High School. Later I moved to Montana and lived there until 2000.
I enjoy working for the Town of Basalt very much. I worked as a patrol officer for about three years, and then moved into the School Resource Officer position. I held that position for four years, and really enjoyed getting to know our young people. I am currently the Senior Officer, and recently went back to school. I graduated in June of 2009, Summa cum Laude, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
My name is Philip Martin, I grew up in Northern Minnesota. I attended my first college at Concordia St. Paul on a football scholarship. But I moved to Crested Butte, Colorado just after my freshman year to be closer to my older brother who had lived out west for a few years. I worked as a project manager of a landscape company for four years in Crested Butte before going back to school at an online university. I then decided it was time to attend the police academy in Glenwood Springs at Colorado Mountain College. I enjoyed the valley so much I decided to stay. When not working or going to school I enjoy time with my wife and my three legged black lab. I also enjoy playing hockey as much as I can.
My name is Jason Hegberg and I grew up in Snowmass Village. I graduated from Aspen High School class of 92. After I finished high school, I joined the Marines for four years. After I finished my commitment to the Marines I came back to the valley and worked in heavy equipment for 11 years before deciding to pursue a career in law enforcement. I can’t think of a better department to work for or a better valley to live in. I have an amazing wife Meghan and two wonderful daughters. When I am not working I enjoy building models, playing golf in the summer and most of all romping in the yard with my girls.
My name is Josh Bennett. I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I attended Advanced Technologies Academy for three years and studied law enforcement. My senior year of high school, I moved to Eugene, Oregon where I graduated. In 1998 I settled down in Glenwood Springs and began my career in the construction field. In 2009, I decided to attend the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy at Colorado Mountain College. I worked as a Patrol Officer in the Town of New Castle for about one and a half years before make the move to the Town of Basalt. I really enjoy working with the community. When I am not working, I spend time with my wife and my 5 year old son. I like camping, biking, traveling, and going to football games.
My name is Brian Lemke. I grew up mostly in the farm country of southern Minnesota. I also spent several years in Cocoa Beach, Florida where my dad worked with NASA on Saturn and Apollo missions.
I graduated from Minnesota State University with a Bachelors degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, with an Associates degree in Law Enforcement. I moved to Colorado in 1989 and attended the Police Academy at Camp George West in Golden. I served for 11 years with the Town of Snowmass Village Police Department, and then worked for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department for 7 years. I was hired by the Basalt Police Department to be their School Resource Officer. In addition to being a Police Officer, I am also an EMT Intermediate.
When I’am not at work I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, movies, running, and playing country music on my electric guitar. I am also a member of the American Honky-Tonk Bar Association.
My name is Ernie Mack. I grew up on the east coast in Connecticut. I graduated from Hampton University in Hampton Virginia with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management.
I worked in the insurance industry for 10 years in Connecticut then moved to Denver in 2005. I moved to the valley in 2007 and managed a ski/bike shop in Glenwood Springs. I attended the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy at Colorado Mountain College. I worked as a Patrol Officer for the Town of New Castle for over a year and a half then joined the Basalt Police Department in the summer 2012.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 children, skiing, biking, camping and hiking.