Upcoming CATPA Board Meetings - July
SB23-257 Funding Conference Day 1 and CATPA Board Meeting
Thursday, July 20, 2023 · 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
In Office at 690 Kipling First Floor Meeting Room, Lakewood CO 80215
SB23-257 Funding Conference Day 2 - CATPA Board Meeting
Thursday, July 27 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
690 Kipling St 1st Floor Meeting Room
In Office at 690 Kipling First Floor Meeting Room, Lakewood CO 80215
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.
Michael Phibbs, DOR, SBG Senior Director
Senior Director Phibbs holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Colorado – Boulder, a Master’s Degree Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Executive Leadership from the University of Colorado – Denver, and is a graduate of the 241st Session of the FBI National Academy.
Phibbs began his law enforcement career in Silverthorne, Colo. 1992. He was then recruited by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office where he served in a variety of positions including as the Detentions Division Commander/ Undersheriff.
Phibbs briefly served with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office before being appointed the Chief of Police for Elizabeth, Colorado in 2006. After eight years in Elizabeth, Phibbs was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado in 2014.
In February of 2022 Phibbs was appointed as the Senior Director of the Specialized Business Group for the Colorado Department of Revenue. The Specialized Business Group regulates limited stakes gaming, enforces the State's liquor and tobacco laws through licensing and compliance checks, regulates the horse racing industry, and regulates and licenses the motor vehicle dealer industry.
Mike Phibbs is a third generation Colorado native.
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 Univeristy 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.
Sheriff Rich Smith, Custer County Sheriff's Department
Law Enforcement Representative
Sheriff Smith is a law enforcement professional with more than 25 years of experience in criminal investigations, crisis and emergency management, intelligence threat analysis, strategic planning, classified briefing, public speaking, community outreach, emergency preparedness, and internal/external investigations. Certified in Business Continuity, National Safety Council, Colorado POST, and Emergency Medical Technician.
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.
Mark Harrington is an account executive for Taggart Insurance based in Boulder, Colo. He has worked for the agency since 2009 focusing on commercial businesses. Early in his career he focused on clients in the auto industry which led to the development of the dealership department at Taggart Insurance. His customer-centric focus and dedication to the auto industry has allowed Taggart Insurance to become one of the largest insurers of car dealers and auto repair facilities in the state. This auto insurance sector presents many challenges that Mark and his team are committed to taking head on for the benefit of their clients.
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.
Marty Trujillo is a goals driven professional with more than 32 years experience in the insurance industry with a solid track record of achievement as a Special Investigations Case Manager, Special Investigations Investigator, Government and Industry Affairs Manager and multiple claims handling positions.