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Troy Riggs, Denver's director of public safety, speaks during a Dec. 10 news conference. 

Denver public safety director Troy Riggs will retire at the end of January, according to the resignation letter he sent Mayor Michael Hancock on Jan. 3, obtained by Colorado Politics.

“It has been an honor to work with you and the talented staff in Public Safety during my appointment,” he wrote. “It is difficult to leave Denver and retire from Public Safety after 30 years but I know in my heart it is the right decision for my family.”

Riggs resigns roughly two years after he took the top position, in which he brought a data-driven approach to help transform the city’s police, sheriff and fire departments. His next role will be as a vice president in a private firm outside of Denver, although he has not disclosed its name.

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“Thank you for the opportunity to serve the residents of Denver and to advance your equity platform,” Riggs wrote to Hancock dated Jan. 3. “I am proud of the progress we have made to address social harms and look forward to our continued collaboration.”

In an earlier statement to Colorado Politics, Hancock credited Riggs for “champion[ing] an equity-focused approach” and “strengthen[ing] the public’s confidence and trust in Denver’s safety agencies thanks to his high level of integrity and commitment to criminal justice.”

Denver City Council President Jolon Clark said on Monday that he had been impressed with Riggs' focus on data, which had helped the council in a lot of ways.

"I think he brought a lot to the city, and — not knowing the circumstances of what’s going on — I think he will be missed," Clark said. 

Denver City Councilman Kevin Flynn wrote in a statement that he is "grateful for the innovative methods he pursued for improving public safety in Denver," and that he hopes Hancock "finds a new director who will continue this approach.”

It still remains unclear when Hancock will announce his plans to find a successor or an interim director, mayor's office spokeswoman Theresa Marchetta said.

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