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County employee retires after 31 years in forensics

Posted on 02/13/2019
County employee retires after 31 years in forensics

Leader. This word was used by several people to describe Ron Arndt, Director of the Northern Colorado Regional Crime Lab, at Wednesday’s board meeting retirement recognition. He is retiring after eight plus years of service to Weld County and 31 years in the forensic science industry.

“Thank you to the commissioners and others for helping me fulfill a dream of working and providing forensic services to Northern Colorado and Weld County,” Arndt said. “Thank you for supporting the development of the crime lab. This building established in the minds of law enforcement agencies that there was a lab that would meet their needs.”

Under the leadership of Arndt, the Northern Colorado Regional Crime Lab opened in 2013, and has been nationally recognized by receiving the August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award in 2011. This award was created to honor the proactive and innovative use of forensic technologies by law enforcement. The lab houses conference and meeting rooms, laboratories, offices and a drive-thru garage/sally port for processing vehicles.

Arndt became the lab director in 2010, taking the role to further establish a regional lab, whose conception was developed a few years earlier under former Sheriff, John Cooke. Arndt started his forensic career in December 1988 as a crime scene investigator for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He then worked in the drug analysis unit for three years before becoming a forensic serologist from 1992 through 2001. In 1999, Arndt started training in DNA analysis and did forensic DNA case work until 2005. He became a CBI agent-in-charge supervising the DNA database section and DNA forensic case work until 2010. Following his time at CBI, he was hired by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office in November 2010 as the crime lab director.

“Your leadership and perseverance are what have made this lab a success,” Weld County Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “You ensured the facility was being built to the appropriate specifications, and you built a
great team.”

Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams also thanked Arndt for his professionalism and said he has appreciated the way their friendship has grown over the years.

“Ron brought a level of expertise in forensics and running a lab that we just didn’t present inside of our organization,” Reams stated. “What’s interesting about all of this is that when Ron and I were getting to know each other, we had a hard time understanding one another because Ron was speaking geek, and I was speaking cop!”

Ron Arndt retirement