Leadville Police Chief Hal Edwards brings more than 20 years of law enforcement and community service to the Board. Chief Edwards began his career as a patrol officer for the Pasadena Police Department in southern California and later served as Sergeant and Lieutenant for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. During his tenure in Las Vegas, Hal taught Criminal Justice at the College of Southern Nevada. He worked as a volunteer mediator for the Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center and in 2007 received the Peacemaker of The Year award from the Mediators of Southern Nevada.
While working with the Las Vegas Police Department, Hal and his wife Tammy created an outdoor education program for inner-city youth. In partnership with the Las Vegas After-School All-Stars program, they founded Lifetime Adventures an organization which provides at-risk youth with after-school programming which included natural science programs, weekend hikes, community service projects and summer programming that culminated in a week-long wilderness backpacking experience.
Locally, Hal has served as an Instructor for the Colorado Outward Bound School and as a school resource officer for Lake County School District. He has been an active member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) for more than 25 years and is a certified ski instructor.
Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Chief Edwards earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Hawaii, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.