Chief's Biography

Colonel Matthew C. Packard, Chief
@ColPackard

Colonel Matthew Packard started his career with the Colorado State Patrol in 2000 where he first worked with the facilities management group prior to starting his training to become a Colorado State Trooper. 

After graduating from the training academy in 2000, he was assigned as a field trooper in Castle Rock, Colorado.  He transferred to the Accident Reconstruction team in 2002 where he served until his promotion to Sergeant in 2006.  As a Sergeant, he held assignments in Trinidad as a field supervisor as well as the Homeland Security Section, where he served as the Deputy Director of the state’s nationally recognized fusion center.  In 2010, Packard was promoted to Captain and assigned to the Hazardous Materials Section.  He was promoted to the rank of Major in 2012 assigned to the Criminal Investigations Branch before transferring to be the District 1 commander in 2014, where he led field operations in the greater Denver metropolitan area as well as the Executive Security Unit. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel as the Region 3 Commander in February of 2017, where he oversaw the agency’s communications branch, training, public outreach, media relations, headquarters and grants related functions.  On December 19, 2017, Colonel Matthew Packard was named the 9th Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.

Colonel Packard has maintained a commitment to member wellness and service.  He firmly believes in order to serve at the highest level, the men and women of the Colorado State Patrol must be well.  Colonel Packard is devoted to providing members with the resources they need to be successful in both their personal and professional lives.  As Colonel Packard leads the organization of more than 1,200 members serving in various roles, he believes in the importance of the agency’s guiding principles of member empowerment, visibility, and engaging the communities we serve.  

Colonel Packard is married with three children.  He enjoys spending time with friends and family doing just about anything outside in Colorado as well as competing on basketball and volleyball courts.  Colonel Packard graduated from Chatfield Senior High School in Littleton before attending the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.  Colonel Packard is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Center of Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command session #357. Colonel Packard also serves as a board member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police as well as a commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).