Silver Key tabs Fountain police chief as new CEO

       Despite increasing senior-citizen issues, John Morse, currently the Fountain police chief, does not plan any immediate changes as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Silver Key Senior Services, Inc.
       “The folks that have been there have done a wonderful job,” he said this week. “I'm not going to come in and turn over the apple cart.”
       The hiring, announced Oct. 8, ends a search that began about half a year ago when the Silver Key board of directors named an interim CEO and reassigned founder and fund-raising leader Mikki Kraushaar to the new position of president emeritus.
       “While there won't be calls for homicides at 3 a.m., there still are issues for the elderly to keep them out of bad situations and to help them with everyday life,” Morse said, when asked to compare his new position with that of law-enforcement.
       Morse will be 46 when he starts his new position Nov. 15.
       According to Board Chair Doug Truitt, the hiring “is the first step to aligning the organization to better serve the growing senior population in El Paso County. Our elderly population of 65 and over will more than double by 2020.”
       He said Morse is “a compassionate individual who brings strong leadership, operational and strategic planning skills to the organization.”
       Jon Stepleton, a former Gazette newspaper publisher, has been interim CEO since April.
       “I was drawn to this opportunity because I will be able to focus my energies on helping one of the most vulnerable segments of our community,” Morse said. “My number one priority will be to continue the high quality and compassionate sustained... While I'll never be able to replace her, I will ensure that Silver Key continues to serve the elderly with the passion and commitment that was Mikki's hallmark.”
       Among Morse's accomplishments in law enforcement was helping develop the Crisis Intervention Team concept for police officers in southeastern Colorado that enhances the law enforcement response to the mentally ill. He holds a Ph.D. in public affairs as well as master's degrees in public administration and business administration.
       Silver Key Senior Services is a not-for-profit organization that assists about 17,000 elderly annually with help from about 4,000 volunteers. Support is also provided from families, partnering agencies, and professionals.

Westside Pioneer article from a press release