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 Commander
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.
Acting Commander John Koch - Metro Vice, Narcotics, Intelligence Division
Acting Commander John Koch
Current Assignment: Metro Vice Narcotics and Intelligence Division Commander
Biographical Information: Coming Soon!
Commander Sean Mandel - Investigations Division
Commander Sean Mandel
Current Assignment: Investigations Division Commander
Biographical Information: Joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1992. As an officer he worked as a Patrol Officer, a Narcotics Detective and a Homicide Detective. Commander Mandel was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and served 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 to commander in 2013.
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." Commander Mandel is a native of Colorado Springs and is a proud graduate of William Mitchell High School.
Commander Tish Olszewski - Falcon Division
Commander Tish Olszewski
Current Assignment: Falcon Division Commander
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
Commander Mike Velasquez
Current Assignment: Professional Standards Division Commander
Biographical Information: Coming soon!
Commander Scott Whittington - Management Services Division
Current Assignment: Management Services Division Commander
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 Jeff Jensen - Gold Hill Division
Current Assignment: Gold Hill Division Commander
Biographical Information: Commander Jeff Jensen joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1996. He served as a patrol officer in Sand Creek before transferring to the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division in 1999. While with Metro VNI, he served as both a Street Team detective and Bureau of BATF Gun Interdiction Unit Task Force detective. He was promoted to sergeant in 2003 where he served as a patrol supervisor and as a detective sergeant supervising the Robbery, Homicide and Cold Case Units. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2012.
He served as a patrol watch commander and as the supervisor of the Peak Substation, where he was responsible for the Downtown Area Response Team and the Homeless Outreach Team. He was promoted to the rank of commander in 2017 and is currently assigned to the Investigations Division. Commander Jensen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Judicial Administration from Western Illinois University. He is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership.
Commander Dave Edmondson - Sand Creek Division
Current Assignment: Sand Creek Division Commander
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.