Kolar resigned as chief marshal, a position he held from 1993 to 2004, to work as chief investigator for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, where he headed up its decade-old JonBenet Ramsey homicide investigation.
The Boulder chapter in Kolar's long and distinguished law enforcement career was relatively high-profile, after Telluride. "I was very fortunate to have stepped into the lead investigator role," he says. "Working as an investigator for the DA's office has always held intrigue for me."
But he missed the town he left behind.
"Each time I came back to Telluride, " says Kolar, who still has a home here, " I realized how much I missed this place."
"I never imagined I would have the opportunity to return to the position of Chief Marshal. Telluride is a great community. I'm very excited to be coming back."
Kolar resumes the job vacated by Chief Marshal Mary Heller at the end of January. "I was totally shocked to see the job come open," he says of Heller, who resigned after serving just over a year.
Telluride Town Manager Jay Harrington says Kolar's long experience in the job made him the candidate of choice, in the wake of Heller's departure.
"We greatly value Jim's knowledge, leadership and integrity as the chief marshal, in the service of Telluride's citizens and visitors," says Harrington, who has announced he will step down from his position as town manager in the spring. "In partnership with the public in ongoing community policing practices, the Telluride Marshals Department is committed to continuing to provide outstanding public service under Jim's supervision," Harrington says. "We are glad to be able to provide a swift and smooth transition for the department and the community. "
"I have a few things to wrap up here," says Kolar of his job in Boulder County.
Sergeant Terry Merriman will continue to serve as acting chief marshal until Kolar comes onboard March 20.