Armando Saldate III was nominated as the Executive Director of Public Safety by Mayor Hancock in January 2022 and confirmed by Denver City Council in February 2022. Director Saldate oversees the Denver Police Department, Denver Fire Department, Denver Sheriff Department, Denver 9-1-1, Community Corrections, Public Safety Youth Programs, and the Office of Community Violence Solutions.
Director Saldate is a career law enforcement professional, having started his career in public safety as the top police recruit with the Phoenix Police Department in 1993. While with Phoenix PD, Saldate focused on gang violence reduction and was deputized as a Special Agent and US Marshal with the FBI’s Phoenix Division. While in that position, he was a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and completed assignments with the Counter Terrorism Information Center, Organized Crime Bureau Intelligence Unit, FBI Violent Gang Task Force, Dignitary Protection Unit, and others. Saldate has been recognized by three former directors of the FBI, the United States Secret Service Phoenix Division, US Capitol Police, Central Intelligence Agency, Phoenix Police Department, Denver Sheriff Department, and many others throughout his career. He retired from Phoenix PD in 2014 with honors after more than 20 years of service.
After relocating to Colorado, Saldate joined the Denver Sheriff Department as a senior investigator, and later served as a supervisor in DSD’s Data Science Unit and as the Civilian Commander in the Internal Affairs Bureau. He then accepted a position in the Department of Safety as a Performance Improvement Manager. Most recently, Saldate was an Assistant Deputy Director in DOS leading efforts around the Pepsi Center COVID-19 Testing Site and overseeing the creation and implementation of the Early Intervention Team and Street Enforcement Team.
In his free time, Director Saldate enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, volunteering with school and faith-based organizations, and spending time in the Denver community.