Chief's Biography

Colonel Matthew C. Packard, Chief

Chief 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 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. 

Chief Packard has maintained a strong involvement in the agency’s vehicular crimes unit for a significant portion of his career, serving both as a trooper and in a command capacity.  Chief Packard also maintains a leadership role in the agency’s Life Resources and Peer Support capabilities to ensure needed services are provided to the members of the Colorado State Patrol and their families.  He also serves as a member of the Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving. Finally, Chief Packard has had the opportunity to serve in a leadership capacity for the Colorado State Patrol’s involvement in several state and national level significant events throughout his career.  

Chief Packard is married with three children.  He enjoys spending time with friends and family doing just about anything outside in the Colorado weather as well as competing on basketball and volleyball courts.  Chief 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.  Chief Packard is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Center of Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command session #357.