We believe when our state legislature fails to act, it becomes the responsibility of Colorado citizens to enact sensible commonsense laws to protect the safety of students, faculty, staff, and administrators at public institutions of higher education.
FOUNDER KEN TOLTZ.
Ken Toltz is a 3rd generation Coloradan, businessman, and longtime political activist.
Prior to his business career, Toltz began working in 1975 as a legislative aide in the Colorado State legislature. After earning his undergraduate political science degree from CU Boulder, he worked in Washington, D.C. as a lobbyist and as a finance director for the 1984 Hart for President campaign. He has taught business strategy and marketing courses for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, where he earned an MBA in 1986. After a 20-year career in consumer product marketing, he currently consults on strategic planning for entrepreneurs.
In 2000 Toltz was the Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives challenging incumbent Tom Tancredo in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, also the home of Columbine H.S. He has been active with local and national gun violence prevention grassroots organizations for the past 19 years - testifying many times before Colorado's state legislature and writing advocacy op-eds for a number of Colorado and national publications.
In addition to his teaching, Ken is also the father of two college-age daughters.
CO-CHAIR HEATHER COOGAN.
Littleton Police Chief Heather Coogan announced her retirement effective April 1, 2013. Coogan had been Littleton’s Police Chief for more than five years. She holds the distinction of being the first female police chief in the Denver metro area.
Coogan’s accomplishments during her tenure in Littleton are numerous. The Littleton Police Department opened a 14,000 square-foot expansion in May of 2011 that includes substantial evidence storage and a modern crime lab. Coogan led re-accreditation efforts in 2009 and 2012 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), placing the Littleton Police Department among an elite group of law enforcement agencies meeting the highest professional standards. Coogan served as president of the Metro Chiefs, the Arapahoe Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, and the Police Officer Standards Training Board. She earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement in 2011.
“I am excited and a little sad to announce that I am retiring but I could not have asked for a better department to live out my dream,” Coogan said at the time. “We have accomplished so much together and there is so much to be proud of. It is time for me, after 37 years as an officer and 11 years as a chief of police, to pass the torch to people I believe in and who possess great leadership skills.”
Previously Chief Coogan served as Chief of the Auraria Higher Education Campus Police Department, and as a Deputy Chief of the Denver Police Department.