Mark Francisco sworn-in as new Cheyenne Police Chief

Chief Mark Francisco is sworn-in by Cheyenne Mayor, Patrick Collins, Monday morning at the...
Chief Mark Francisco is sworn-in by Cheyenne Mayor, Patrick Collins, Monday morning at the Cheyenne Public Safety Center.(Will Thomas)
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 5:25 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Monday was a special day at the Public Safety Center as Mark Francisco became Cheyenne Police Department’s new chief. Francisco was sworn-in by Cheyenne’s Mayor, Patrick Collins, as he finished saying, “to the best of my ability and understanding,” the room erupted in applause.

“This is the culmination of a dream come true for sure, it’s very exciting. I appreciate the turnout we had here, I’m just very excited the day is finally here,” said Francisco.

“Mark has had an incredible career in Kansas City and I think he’s going to be able to bring all that experience here and help our department, so I’m very excited,” said Collins.

Francisco was named the new Chief in mid-February and joins CPD after 30 years at the Kansas City Police Department. He was joined by friends, family and the community during the ceremony.

“It’s just what we had hoped for this kind of turnout and the ability to starting building those relationships that are so vital,” said Francisco.

“There was a lot of people from our federal partnerships, from the county partnerships and the collaboration of everybody working together, that’s a force multiplier for our forces and their forces, and so it’s really important to start those relationships from the very beginning to help make sure that our community is safe,” said Collins.

Francisco admitted he had a hard time sleeping last night ahead of this ceremony but is excited to get to work and begin serving the Cheyenne community.

“I’ve got a lot of people to meet, a lot to learn about the City of Cheyenne, about the Cheyenne Police Department and there’s no better way than to just jump in with both feet and get going.”

You can find CPD’s original press release ahead of the ceremony below:

“On Monday, March 29th at 9:00 a.m. Mark Francisco will be sworn-in as Chief of Police for the Cheyenne Police Department (CPD). City employees and members of the media are invited to attend a brief swearing-in ceremony in the Public Safety Center Community Room (415 W. 18th St.). A live stream of the event will be available for public viewing on the CPD Facebook page.

Francisco comes to Cheyenne after 30 years of service with the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD); most recently serving as Deputy Chief of the Investigation Bureau. In that role, Francisco managed and led the Investigations Bureau comprised of 349 employees within four divisions: violent crimes, narcotics and vice, property crimes, and the law enforcement resource center. Prior to that, Francisco served as Deputy Chief of the Executive Services Bureau responsible for an annual budget of $256 million and 1,920 members. His tenure with KCPD also included four years as a Major, 15 years as a Captain, and 10 years serving as a Sergeant.

Francisco served as a first Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves from 1987 to 1997 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University in 1987. He holds additional training from the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) and the Police Executive Leadership Institute (PELI).”

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