Former chief gets warm send-off in Palisade

CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel—Carroll Quarles accepts a plaque before an appreciative audience at Palisade Veterans Memorial Community Center on Saturday evening. Quarles, 60, resigned in November as Palisade police chief, a position he had held since 1995

After 42 years in law enforcement, former Palisade Police Chief Carroll Quarles is ready to be a rock star.

Quarles said at his retirement party Saturday night his next step is to open a windshield repair business called Rock Star Chip Repair, named after the star shape an errant, high-speed rock leaves in a windshield. He plans to stay in Palisade for at least another six years until his wife retires.

Quarles said he enjoyed helping solve problems for those who needed the police department’s help over the years. He also savored putting sex offenders behind bars and serving a small community.

“I have made so many friends who have supported me,” he said Saturday in a packed ballroom at Palisade Veterans Memorial Community Center.

Quarles, 60, resigned Nov. 16 from his post after 18 years at the helm of Palisade’s police department. A confidentiality agreement has kept many of the details of Quarles’ resignation private. What is known is Palisade Town Administrator Rich Sales offered Quarles the choice to resign or be terminated and his work with the police department ended Oct. 24. Grand Junction Police Cmdr. Mike Nordine was assigned starting Nov. 5 to act as interim Palisade police chief through no later than April 30.

One of Quarles’ three grown children, Amanda Ostermiller of Battlement Mesa, said the point of Saturday’s party was not to dwell on how Quarles left law enforcement but to celebrate the career he loved and, she said, he was ready to leave.  Ostermiller said she is proud of her dad and said he is the same “honest, full of integrity” person at home and at work.

“I’m happy he’s getting to start a new chapter,” she said. “We want to give him the respect he deserves and show him we admire him and appreciate him.”

Ostermiller said her dad started his career in 1971 as a military police officer in the U.S. Air Force. Next, he served in the Wichita Falls, Texas police department, where he became that department’s youngest-ever detective, according to Ostermiller. He left the Wichita Falls Police for a short stint with the U.S. Border Patrol, then returned to the force before moving to Jackson Hole, Wyo. He came to Palisade in 1995 from Wyoming.

Jeff Rezak, who served under Quarles on the Palisade Police Department, gave Quarles a plaque at Saturday’s party.

“I loved him. He was the best boss I ever had,” Rezak said.


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