Leadership in a police agency requires a high degree of skill, commitment to excellence, and the ability to bring out the best in those being led. Below are the members of the CSPD who have demonstrated those requirements in abundance and earned the senior leadership position of Commander.
Commander Mary Rosenoff - Stetson Hills Division
Commander Mary Rosenoff
Current Assignment: Stetson Hills Division
Biographical Information: Commander Rosenoff joined the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) in 1994, after serving six years with the California Highway Patrol. As an officer with the CSPD, Commander Rosenoff was assigned to the Sand Creek Division where she served as a Field Training Officer as well as a Master Patrol Officer.
Promoted to sergeant in 2009, she worked as a patrol supervisor in the Gold Hill, Stetson Hills, and Sand Creek Divisions before transferring to the Specialized Enforcement Division where she worked as the Special Events Unit sergeant. As such, she was in charge of a Negotiator Team, a Crowd Control Team, the Alarms Unit, the Extra Duty Unit, and the Parking Services Unit as well as supervising the Major Crash Team.
In 2016, Commander Rosenoff was promoted to the position of lieutenant and assigned to patrol at the Gold Hill Division. In 2017, she was transferred to the Professional Standards Division. She supervised the Internal Affairs Section (IA) as the IA lieutenant until being promoting to commander of the Stetson Hills Division in 2019.
Commander Rosenoff holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and is a current advisory council member of Operation TBI Freedom (OTF).
Commander Jeff Strossner - Specialized Enforcement Division
Commander Jeff Strossner
Current Assignment: Specialized Enforcement Division
Biographical Information: Commander Jeff Strossner joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1997, after serving two years as a dispatcher in Adams County and one year as a police officer in Manitou Springs. While at the rank of officer, Commander Strossner served Falcon, Stetson Hills, and Sand Creek patrol, with special assignments as a Neighborhood Resource Officer, School Resource Officer, and Financial Crimes Detective. He was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and served the Gold Hill Division supervising patrol officers, the Downtown Area Response Team, the Homeless Outreach Team, and Metal Theft Impact Team.
In 2014 he was promoted to lieutenant with assignments at both the Falcon and Gold Hill Divisions. In 2016 he was transferred to the Professional Standards Division where he served nearly two years leading Internal Affairs. He was promoted to Commander in 2017 and is currently assigned to the Falcon Division. Commander Strossner has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Security Management from Bellevue University.
Commander Brian Makofske - Management Services Division
Current Assignment: Management Services Division
Commander Brian Makofske joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 2003. As an officer, he worked in patrol and the Tactical Enforcement Unit. He was promoted to sergeant in 2009 and served patrol in the Gold Hill, Stetson Hills and Sand Creek Divisions, before transferring to Internal Affairs where he conducted investigations and supervised the Background Investigation Unit. Promoted in 2015, Lieutenant Makofske provided leadership while managing patrol shifts in the Falcon, Sand Creek and Gold Hill Divisions. During this time, he also led the CSPD Training Cadre which developed and hosted tactical training for officers throughout the patrol bureau. In 2019, he transferred to the Specialized Enforcement Division where he oversaw the Municipal Security Unit, the Airport Unit and served as a CSPD liaison to the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency ManagementThe City and County are consolidating their Offices of Emergency Management in an effort to optimize staff resources, establish a single point of contact during major incidences and enhance communication both during and after an event. The new office, the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (PPR-OEM) will support operations during a disaster or emergency in El Paso County and Colorado Springs.Because disaster knows no jurisdictional boundaries, we can most efficiently prepare for an emergency and respond to one by coordinating our efforts on a regional basis. The establishment of the PPR-OEM will allow the county and the city to more effectively coordinate and assist first responders in an emergency as well as preparing the government and the community for a disaster.. He was promoted to commander in 2020 and is currently assigned to the Management Services Division.
Commander Makofske has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College and a Master of Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix. He is also a graduate of the UCCS College of Business’s Leadership Development Program.
Commander Sean Mandel - Investigations Division
Commander Sean Mandel
Current Assignment: Investigations Division
Biographical Information: Commander Mandel joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1992. As an officer, he worked as a patrol officer, narcotics detective, and homicide detective. Commander Mandel was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and served as a supervisor in Patrol, Internal Affairs, and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.
In 2008, Commander Mandel was promoted to lieutenant and was assigned to Patrol and the Specialized Enforcement Division, before being promoted to commander in 2013. As a commander, he has served in the Specialized Enforcement Division; Metro, Vice, Narcotics, and Intelligence Division; Gold Hill Division; and Investigations Division.
Commander Mandel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Mary’s College and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program. In 2015, he graduated from the 259th session of the FBI National Academy. Commander Mandel is a native of Colorado Springs and proud graduate of William Mitchell High School.
Commander Tish Olszewski - Falcon Division
Commander Tish Olszewski
Current Assignment: Falcon Division
Biographical Information: Commander Tish Olszewski joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1984. She was promoted to Sergeant in 1993 working in Patrol, the Training Academy, Internal Affairs and the Sex Crimes/Crimes Against Children Unit. She was promoted to Lieutenant in 2003 with assignments in Patrol, Metro Vice, Narcotics & Intelligence, and Specialized Enforcement.
She was promoted to Commander in 2008 with assignments in the Patrol Division at Stetson Hills, Gold Hill, Falcon, and the Investigations Division. Commander Olszewski has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master's in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Commander Olszewski is also a graduate of the 243rd Session of the FBI National Academy, the DEA Drug Unit Commander’s Academy and Leadership Pikes Peak.
Commander Mike Velasquez - Professional Standards Division
Current Assignment: Professional Standards Division
Commander Velasquez began his service with the Colorado Springs Police Department at the Sand Creek Patrol Division in 1997 where he also became a property crime detective in 2001. He then transferred to the Homicide Unit in 2002. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2005 where he served in three patrol divisions (Gold Hill, Falcon and Sand Creek). As a Sergeant, he also served in the Sex Crimes/Crimes Against Children Unit from 2007-2011. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2012 where he served in three patrol divisions (Sand Creek, Stetson Hills and Falcon). As a Patrol Lieutenant, at differing times, he also oversaw the School Resource Officer Unit, the Sand Creek Division Impact Unit, and GangNet. He served in the Professional Standards Division as the Training Director from 2012-2016. His final assignment as a Lieutenant was in the Patrol Support Section of the Specialized Enforcement Division in 2019.
Commander Velasquez has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He attended the FBI Rocky Mountain Command College, Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program and, the Colorado POST-University of Denver Daniels Executive Education Program’s Public Leadership Program.
Commander Scott Whittington - Metro Vice, Narcotics, Intelligence Division
Current Assignment: Metro Vice, Narcotics, Intelligence Division
Biographical Information: Commander Scott Whittington joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in February 1988. As a police officer, he has held a variety of assignments to include, Patrol, and investigations as an Economic, Sex Crimes, and Fugitive Detective. He was promoted to sergeant in January of 1999 and served in Patrol, Internal Affairs and Investigations as the Robbery Unit Sergeant. In March of 2006, he was promoted to lieutenant and served in Patrol, Office of Emergence Management, and Professional Standards. In July of 2013, he was promoted to Commander of the Office of Professional Standards.
Commander Whittington was responsible for Planning/Research and Grants; Public Information Office; Community Relations; Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA); Internal Affairs; and the Training Academy. In July of 2014, he was assigned to the Sand Creek Patrol Division, which has responsibilities for the southeast portion of Colorado Springs.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Commander John Koch - Gold Hill Division
Current Assignment: Gold Hill Division
Commander John Koch joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 2002, where he served as a patrol officer in the Falcon and Gold Hill Divisions for the first five years of his career. He then transferred to detective positions in the Crimes Against Children Unit (2007-2010) and Homicide Unit (2010-2013). He was promoted to sergeant in 2013, serving as a patrol supervisor (2013-2014), detective sergeant in the Special Victims Section (2014-2017), and Internal Affairs sergeant (2018). Promoted to lieutenant in 2018, he was a patrol watch commander in the Sand Creek Division (2018-2019) and the Strategic Information Center lieutenant in Metro VNI (2019-2020). Promoted to commander in 2020, he is currently assigned to the Gold Hill Division.
Commander Koch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. Commander Koch is currently a LEADS scholar (2019-2022) with the United States Department of Justice & International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Commander Dave Edmondson - Sand Creek Division
Current Assignment: Sand Creek Division
Biographical Information: Commander David Edmondson joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1996. He served as a patrol officer in Sand Creek and Gold Hill before transferring to the Professional Standards Division as a Training Academy Instructor 1999. In 2003, he was assigned to the Investigations Division as a homicide detective. He was promoted to sergeant in 2005 where he served as a patrol supervisor and as the Recruit Training sergeant supervising both the recruit and in-service units. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2012.
He served as a patrol watch commander, Protective Security Section manager with the Specialized Enforcement Division, and the Special Victims Section back in the Investigations Division where he was responsible for the security of city facilities, Airport security, and Municipal Court, as well as, the management of investigatory personnel handling cases involving crimes against children, domestic violence, and adult sexual assault. He was promoted to the rank of commander in 2017 and is currently assigned to the Stetson Hills Division.
Commander Edmondson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program, and Leading in Police Organizations.
Communications Manager Renee Henshaw - Communications Center
Current Assignment: Communications Center
Biographical Information: Public Safety Communications Manager Renee Henshaw joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in September of 1998 as an Emergency Response Technician. Six months later she was promoted to Public Safety Dispatcher. In 2010 she took over as the training coordinator for the communications center and in August of 2012 was promoted to supervisor. In May of 2013 she was promoted again to the position she currently holds as Manager of the Public Safety Communications Center.
Renee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California State University Sacramento and has attended the Center for Creative Leadership.