Sherry J. Daun brings wealth of knowledge as a leader within the Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago

City Manager Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde announced today that Sherry J. Daun will join the city organization as the Independent Police Monitor, effective Aug. 21.

Daun was chosen after an intensive national search and will be a critical partner as the city seeks to evolve and mature Boulder’s system of police oversight.

Daun has worked for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) in progressively more responsible roles since 2008. She is currently the Director of Investigations, where she directs an intake unit that processes more than 5,000 cases of alleged misconduct by the Chicago Police Department each year. In that position, she improved timeliness, bringing the maximum age of cases awaiting review from over a year to 30 days. She also implemented a community mediation pilot program and responded to officer-involved shootings as the lead scene manager.

Daun is a highly skilled investigator and former attorney who understands the important role that community oversight plays in fostering constitutional, respectful and accountable policing. She is also an exemplary program manager with an impressive track record for achieving desired performance and customer service.

“I am confident Sherry’s wealth of knowledge, respect for the law, and demonstrated commitment to equity will benefit the Boulder community, especially as we continue to understand best practices related to effective oversight,” Rivera-Vandermyde said. “We are eager to welcome her and begin tapping her expertise.”

Daun shared that she is excited to support the city in the important work of effective, fair and transparent oversight, which she called “an essential component to building trust and credibility within communities who feel both underserved and overpoliced.”

Daun has a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and an A.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan.

A headshot of Daun is attached.