Upcoming Board Meetings
CATPA Board Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 2 - 4 p.m.
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About the CATPA Board
The CATPA bill was signed into law by Governor Bill Owens on April 22, 2003, and the CATPA was placed under the supervision of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, but administered by the CATPA Board. CATPA was developed to solicit monies and award grant funds to qualified applicants for the general purpose of improving and supporting motor vehicle theft prevention programs, and for the enforcement and prosecution of motor vehicle theft crimes. Specifically, section 42-5-112(1), C.R.S. created CATPA.
The nine-member CATPA Board was established with this composition; one representative from the Colorado Department of Public Safety, one from the Colorado Department of Revenue, three from the insurance industry in Colorado, two from law enforcement in Colorado, a representative of a statewide association of District Attorneys and a representative of the public or consumer group. In 2008, the CATPA board was increased by two additional members who would be drawn from the insurance industry.
Pursuant to the statute, responsibilities of the board include:
- Soliciting and reviewing applications for grants
- Approve grants ensuring that the grants are awarded to law enforcement agencies or other qualified applicants in a variety of geographic areas of the state, subject to available moneys
- Appoint a director for the authority who may employ staff as necessary to operate and administer the authority, subject to available moneys
- Report to the judiciary committees of the senate and the house of representatives on the implementation of the programs receiving grants
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Current CATPA Board Members
Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Downing
Executive Director's Office (EDO) Representative
Lt. Colonel Joshua Downing began his career with the Colorado State Patrol in July 1998. His first duty station was in Golden, Colo. He later served as a Trooper and Corporal in Weld County, was promoted to Sergeant and then Captain both in the Hazardous Materials Section. Downing was promoted to Major of the Staff Services Branch, and then transferred to the Training Services Branch. On February 1, 2018, Downing was promoted to Lt. Colonel and assigned Region 1 which included field operations, Executive Security Unit and the Communications Branch. On Jan 1, 2022 Lt. Colonel was assigned as the Commander of Region 3 which oversees most of the Specialty units within the Patrol.
Lt. Colonel Downing has played a critical role in the advancement of technology, policy, training and accreditation for the Colorado State Patrol. Lt. Colonel Downing has held many leadership roles throughout the organization, providing him an advantage to understanding the many intricacies of business processes across the Patrol.
Lt. Colonel Downing has served as an instructor for the Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) program, a chairman for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Level VI program and held numerous other positions on committees that have a national impact on the law enforcement community. Lt. Colonel Downing was recognized with the Citizens Appreciate State Troopers (C.A.S.T.) Award in 2002. Downing is a graduate of the 140 th Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer Course at the University of Louisville, and is an alum of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo.
Lt. Colonel Downing is a Colorado native and married with two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends and coaching.
Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue Designee
Cory Amend is the Senior Director of the Enforcement Division at the Colorado Department of Revenue and leads five regulatory divisions including Auto, Gaming, Liquor and Tobacco, Marijuana and Racing. During Director Amend's career he gained valuable experience while in law enforcement and notable as the Director of P.O.S.T (the Peace Officers Standards and Training Unit) within the Office of the Colorado Attorney General. Director Amend earned a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Colorado in Denver and attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. Director Amend brings a unique blend of knowledge and experience to the CATPA Board where he has served since August, 2017.
Amy Taylor is the Claims Section Manager with State Farm Insurance in Greeley, CO. Ms. Taylor brings almost twenty-five years of experience and many years of servicing auto claims. Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the Unveristy of Colorado in Boulder, CO and completed an MBA from Regis University. Ms. Taylor stays current on her industry by completing numerous insurance certificates and is a green belt in Six Sigma. Ms. Taylor brings a high level of management and dedication to the CATPA Board where she has served as a member since November, 2018.
Dale Jackson works for GEICO Insurance - where he is a Supervisor for Region 5’s Special Investigations Unit covering CO, NM, WY, NE and IA. He supervises 6 investigators who handle those states and has held the position of SIU Supervisor since 2008. Prior to that he was an SIU Investigator for GEICO from 2006 to 2008. Prior to GEICO he was in the position of SIU Investigator for CNA Insurance handling investigations of Workers Compensation claims throughout Colorado. Dale Jackson attended Bethany College in KS where he obtained a Bachelors in Sociology and Wichita State University where he earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
Chief of Police, Clinton Nichols
Law Enforcement Representative
Clint Nichols is the Chief of Police for the Commerce City Police Department. Chief Nichols began his illustrious career in law enforcement in 1992 and advanced in rank during his time with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department until his retirement in 2015. In 2017, he accepted his appointment as Chief of Police for Commerce City. Chief Nichols has displayed exemplary leadership, navigating the organization through the Collaborative Reform Efforts with the Department of Justice, which improves the level of police service to the community. Chief Nichols brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in high profile investigations and police operations to the CATPA Board where he has served as a member since November, 2019.
Chief of Police, Jeff Martinez
Jeffrey A. Martinez is the Chief of Police for the Sheridan Police Department in Colorado. Chief Martinez began his law enforcement career in 1995 with the Denver Police Department (DPD) where he served for 25 years rising through the ranks to the position of Commander. He left DPD in 2020 to accept his current position as Chief of Sheridan. Chief Martinez has focused his career on bridging the gap between the communities and the departments he has served. He is a very strong advocate for the men and women in law enforcement as he strives to help them be their best by holding them accountable while ensuring he never forgets the extremely difficult job they traverse every single day. Chief Martinez has worked intimately with CATPA during his law enforcement career, and he was appointed to the CATPA Board in February, 2022.
Vice Chair, Statewide Association of District Attorneys
Jess Redman is currently an Assistant District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Adams County Colorado. Mr. Redman is responsible for filing decisions, grand jury proceedings and general prosecution of criminal cases. Mr. Redman attended college and law school at the University of Nebraska and has been practicing law for twenty years. Prior to his current position, he worked in the criminal appeals unit of the Colorado Attorney General's Office where he defended criminal convictions on appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court. Mr. Redman brings a high level of experience to the CATPA Board where he has served as a member since May, 2014.
Richard "Alan" Shirling
Richard Shirling is currently a Regional Underwriting Manager with Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance Company. He has over 26 years of insurance industry experience in Claims and Underwriting. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas and has numerous insurance industry designations and certificates. Mr. Shirling brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board with his experience in Auto, Homeowner and Farm and Ranch Insurance coverages and products. Mr. Shirling has served as a member of the CATPA Board since November, 2020.
Tonia Rumer is currently the Senior Claims Business Analyst for California Casualty Management Group. She started her insurance career over twenty-five years ago and has extensive professional experience in creating working relationships with local and federal law enforcements and prosecutors as well as the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the Department of Insurance. Ms. Rumor earned a Bachelor of Science in Business management at Metropolitan State University of Denver and attended extensive training in the insurance industry. Ms. Rumer brings extensive knowledge and experience to the CATPA Board, her current term is her second time serving the people of Colorado.
David Cardella is the CEO of the Colorado Independent Automobile Dealers Association whose 1133 members relay on to provide education, training and guidance in adhering to the Colorado Statues and Regulations. Prior to becoming the CEO of CIADA and serving in the Navy his career has been in the automobile industry first as washing vehicles to most recently owning a Wholesale Dealers License. He has relinquished his Dealers License to concentrate solely on improving his industry.
Bio coming soon.