Chief Johnson joined this Office in 2014 as the Chief Deputy of the Law Enforcement Bureau. During that time Chief Johnson oversaw many investigations to include the shooting of Detective Brite, the tragic murder of Deputy Parrish, the STEM School tragedy, the apprehension and extradition of the killer of Helene Pruszynski, and many other major case investigations. Chief Johnson also oversaw the construction of the crime lab which opened in 2018.
Steve began his career with the Littleton Police Department in 1980. He retired from there in 2001 and joined the Colorado Bureau of Investigation as a field agent with the Denver Major Crimes Unit. He also served as the agent-in-charge of that unit and as division director before becoming deputy director.
Steve was named Police Officer of the Year in 2000 for his leadership in the 18th Judicial District’s Critical Incident Team and received the CBI’s Award of Excellence for his leadership of the 2006 Platte Canyon High School tragedy.
Steve holds his master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He is also a graduate from the FBI’s National Academy session 230 and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police. Steve has also completed the Leadership Douglas County program and the Douglas County Leadership Academy.
Steve has lived in Douglas County for over 30 years and is married with two grown children and grandchildren.