Thursday, May 29, 2014

Seismic Readings From #MCMudslide

#MCMudslide Likely Captured On Seismic Readings

Mesa County, Colo. -- In the Geology Department at Colorado Mesa University (CMU), their seismic stations (one station located in Palisade, the other in Orchard Mesa) captured readings on Sunday, May 25, 2014. The following information provides a breakdown of that significant seismic activity and is likely attributed to the #MCMudslide.

Two separate sources have provided the time of 5:44 p.m., on May 25, 2014, for the time of the largest portion of #MCMudslide occurring with a much smaller slide estimated to have occurred at 7:19 a.m., but barely recorded on the same two seismic sources that captured the later, much larger slide time.
The length of time recorded in the major event is a little over 2 minutes. That is not to say it took 2 minutes for the landslide to come down. Rather, the major portion of the mudslide may have come down in much less time than that and it is also possible it continued for 2 minutes, or more. Also, the seismometers are too far away to record what may have been continuous movement of the slide beyond that initial large movement. We also can't detect creep of the landslide, which may be continuing at this time. Times are almost always exact on seismic equipment when it comes to an earthquakes, because the movement of the quake is defined.  This information has been provided by Dave Wolny, of the Geology Department at Colorado Mesa University.

Two seismic stations on the Grand Mesa, within the CMU seismic network, captured the following readings:

Distance from landslide is 24 miles (or 39.7 km)

Distance from landslide is 37 miles (or 60.3 km)

To show the difference between an earthquake and the data gathered from the likely #MCMudslide event, a seismic reading from an known and actual earthquake event is posted here on the right. In the earthquake example, notice the very sharp P wave arrival. P arrival time is used to help determine time of origin and ultimately epicenter location. Compare it to the other 2 seismograms of the landslide and note the apparent lack of distinct P arrivals. That is why placing a time of origin on this event is difficult and gives a an error range in seconds rather than milliseconds.

Special Note: All seismic readings associated with this post are provided courtesy of Colorado Mesa University, Geology Department Adjunct Professor Dave Wolny. Any media reproduction of these images should give proper credit to CMU/Geology Dept. Dave can be reached by email at:

#MCMudslide Overview Update For May 29, 2014

Incident Management Team, Unified Command For Mudslide

Mesa County, Colo. -- What do we know now and what has changed? Those are just two of the many questions being asked about the mudslide that occurred on West Salt Creek on Sunday, May 24, 2014, from previous information released to today.  The Incident Command Structure has been modified to share responsibility of managing the incident between the U.S. Forest Service and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. This established unified structure for management, is equivalent to a Type Three Incident Management Team.

Under this formal management structure are many agencies supporting the operation. Those agencies include, but may not be limited to:

Mesa County Government
Mesa County Sheriff's Office
Plateau Valley Fire Department
United State Forest Service
United States Geological Survey
State of Colorado Geologist
National Weather Service
Colorado Department of Public Safety
The Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
The City of Grand Junction/Regional Communication Center
The Colorado National Guard – High Altitude Training Center
The Colorado State Patrol
The Town of Collbran/Collbran Town Marshall

The on-going work and incident objectives are life safety, trying to determine further slide potential, trying to build monitoring of ground movement and water, building early warning plans and communication plans (i.e. community meeting), and continuing to explore technology use to locate victims in the debris.

Two U.S.G.S. satellites have been tasked to provide daily imagery on the slide area, for comparison to the images provided the day before. The MCSO unmanned vehicle system (UAV) was flown on Monday, May 26, and images gathered from that flight have been compiled and shared publicly. The flight mapped the bottom portion of the slide only. At this time, flights with Colorado State Patrol air support were done on May 27 and 28, to allow geologists and engineers to personally view the site.   More UAV flights are planned pending a safe launch site near the top of the slide can be identified and accessed.

Incident Command is trying to determine how and where to place motioning on and near the slide area; Assessing remote camera locations to monitor the slide in real time; GPS equipment placed on various locations throughout the slide to monitor movement of the slide further; Seismology equipment to capture time, strength and other data about movement of the mudslide area and top portion of the ridge. Experts are trying to create a model of an assessment of what a future slide would look like in Salt Creek, to include what effect another slide would have on the population downstream.

Today, a Kiowa and Black Hawk helicopters from the High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site are scheduled to fly from the Grand Junction Regional Airport to the Salt Creek mudslide with geologists, engineers and others on board to capture visuals of the current mudslide conditions. They will also be visually monitoring the slide, which is the primary method of monitoring we are currently able to do.

With regard to building a warning a system, it will be done with a focus on three tiers of notification areas. Those areas are:

1. Salt Creek Road residents from Highway 330 to the toe of the mudslide
2. From Salt Creek Road to the town of Collbran
3. Below the town of Collbran

The possibility of another slide event in the Salt Creek drainage remains a concern, based on all the information and data gathered thus far. In addition, the instability and current water saturation levels, along with the water pooling in the area behind the slide near its origin, are indicators that a further or additional slide and earth movement could happen any time. The residents along Salt Creek Road have received a letter outlining various means for citizens to gather information, as well as emergency means to notify residents should a need arise. Those notification efforts continue to expand and are fluid.

With regard to the town of Collbran and residents not on Salt Creek Road, it is possible they could experience a water event, which is fairly common for them during annual peak water runoff season. A slide event on Salt Creek Road could push additional water into Plateau creek, causing the water to rise in an already full creek. Further explanation about this will be discussed at the town hall meeting in Collbran, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., tonight in the auditorium.

Finally, as a community resource, a hotline has been established for non-emergency inquiries from the residents in the greater Collbran area. That community hotline is: (970) 462-7156. When it isn't answered by a live person, there will be a summary update on the message, and an opportunity for citizens to leave a voice message and get a return call.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Donation information for the #MCMudslide victim families

Want To Donate To the Families Of The #MCMudslide?

Mesa County, Colo.-- Anyone interested in donating to the families of Wesley Hawkins, Clancy Nichols and Danny Nichols, should be aware two bank accounts have been established in their names (Nichols & Hawkins).

The Grand Valley Bank in Collbran information is as follows:

Grand Valley Bank
P.O. Box 130
Collbran CO, 81624

Make your check out in either the Nichols Family or the Hawkins Family.

If you have any questions, contact Jennifer at the Grand Valley Bank in Collbran, at (970) 487-0202.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Update On Search Efforts for Man Missing in Colorado River

SARC Mission on Colorado River Continues for Second Day

By: Israel, MCSO Intern 
Mesa County, Colo.-- The search for 23 year-old, Ctormy Taylor, of Grand Junction who went missing at approximately 8:30 p.m., on Monday, May 27, in the Colorado River has entered the second day. As of now the recovery efforts have not been successful.

Ctormy and two friends were rafting on the river yesterday when their raft became wrapped around a bridge piling on the Fifth Street bridge. The two friends with him were able to self-rescue by swimming to the bank of the river, none were wearing life jackets at the time. Ctormy was last seen in the water attempting to swim to the river bank just past the confluence of the Gunnison and Coloroado Rivers, he has not been seen since.

Citizens and people recreating on or near the Colorado River are asked to be on the lookout for any signs or evidence that would assist in recovery efforts and to contact non-emergency dispatch at 970-242-6707 if they see anything. Search efforts will be ongoing for the time being.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office advises all individuals who plan to be recreating in or around the river this summer season to use personal flotation devices and avoid the use of single air chamber devices. Always let someone know before you plan on being on the river, and take necessary precautions to avoid dangerous situations. Also, always enjoy river adventures sober.

Special Note: The pronunciation of Ctormy's name is Ka-torm-ee or Ca-tormy. However, it is spelled with a 'C'.

Family Of Wesley Hawkins Releases A Statement

Hawkins Family Statement

Issued: 05/27/2014

The family of Wesley Hawkins would like to express their gratitude to the members of the Mesa County Sheriffs's Office, Mesa County Search and Rescue, Salvation Army, Plateau Valley Fire District, CenturyLink and everyone through out the community who have expressed their sympathy, condolences and prayers in this tragic event.

We would also like everyone to know who Wesley was. Wesley worked for the Collbran Conservancy District as the District Water Manager for the last 23 years. He was responsible for much of the water that flows through the Plateau Valley area. His responsibility to the community and its safety led him to the area that the slide occurred in. He was concerned for other families and their homes should the water system be compromised. He was performing these duties when the massive slide caught him and the other men.

Wesley was a father of five wonderful children, husband of 27 years and a grandfather of a beautiful granddaughter. He was also well respected and admired within his community.

At this time we do not wish to make any other statements to the press.

**The above statement was given to our agency and posted here as a courtesy to the Hawkins' family and was not crafted by our agency. A photo of Wesley is not available for the media at this time. Should that change, it will be posted here. We appreciate the media's continued respect for honoring the family of Wesley, Danny and Clancy's wishes for privacy, as they grieve.**

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mudslide Information Release Being Transferred to the Mesa County Joint Information Center

The Mesa County Joint Information Center has been activated to assist with information releases to the media and the public regarding the Grand Mesa mudslide.  Updates will now be posted on  Please enter your email address on that site to continue to receive notifications when new information is posted.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Unified Command On Grand Mesa For Mudslide

Large Mudslide On Grand Mesa, 3 People Missing

UPDATE Posted at 7:20 a.m., May 26, 2014: Mesa County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Stan Hilkey will be meeting with media at noon, at the roadblock (Salt Creek Road and Highway 330, about 2 miles past the town of Collbran). This will be an informal news conference. For media purposes, video and pictures of the mudslide are a top priority in providing today.

For our public/media, updates on assessment of mudslide should be available after a helicopter flight goes out and returns--that is now scheduled to launch at approximately 8:30 a.m. No changes in information overnight and the three missing men, remain missing this morning.

Non-emergency dispatch in Mesa County can be reached at: 970-242-6707, if there is a true need from the public/citizens regarding this incident. Media inquiries can still be emailed to: And, follow us on Facebook & Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #MCMudslide.

Post at 10 p.m., May 25, 2014: Mesa County, Colo. -- A unified incident command has been established between Plateau Valley Fire Department, Mesa County Road and Bridge, and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, to handle the large mudslide incident and search for 3 missing people possibly caught in the slide. The first reports of the mudslide came into the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center about 6:15 p.m., along with reports of 3 local Collbran/Mesa area residents missing.

Plateau Valley Fire Department first responded to the area of Salt Creek Road, in the area of Vega Reservoir, on the Grand Mesa. This area is east and south of the small town of Collbran--about 11 miles, located in Mesa County. Plateau Valley Fire and Deputies responded immediately, along with Mesa County Search and Rescue Control, Inc., and the Collbran Marshal. Citizens and media are highly discouraged from going into the area and a road block has been established outside the mudslide perimeter, for safety. The roadblock is set up at the intersection of Highway 330 and Salt Creek Road, outside the town of Collbran.

The mudslide is estimated to be about 4 miles long, 2 miles wide and about 250 feet deep, in many places. It is described as very unstable by deputies on scene tonight, and they estimate an entire ridge has been sliding for most of today. A witness who called into dispatch this evening, described hearing a noise that sounded much like a freight train that is attributed to the slide. 

"This slide is unbelievably big," Lt. Phil Stratton, Mesa County Sheriff's Office, said. Weather, including rain, has fallen in Mesa County most of the day and likely contributed to the cause of the slide. The area is very remote and no structures have been reported damaged, however a more accurate assessment will be established after daylight tomorrow. No major roads have been impacted (I-70 is approximately 26 miles north of the slide). 

Because cell phone service does not work in the area of incident command, updates aren't expected overnight. But, will be posted here on Monday, as soon as possible. We will also work on getting video and photos from the scene, but likely won't be available until early afternoon on Monday. Again, media and citizens are highly discouraged from going up there for safety reasons and will not be allowed through the roadblock.

Overnight inquiries from media should send an email to: and a response will be provided as soon as possible. Also, follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #MesaCounty #GVCopBeat and #MCmudslide (for this incident).

Friday, May 23, 2014

Two Arrested For Meth

Parole & Deputies Arrest Two Adults With Meth

Amanda Sell, 32, of Clifton
Mesa County, Colo. -- On the evening of May 22, deputies with the agency's Street Crimes Unit joined Colorado Parole officers conducting home visits in Mesa County. At trailer #10, located at 3349 F Road, contact was made with two adults.

Amanda Sell, 32, of Clifton and Chad Weaver, 34, of Grand Junction, were both arrested for methamphetamine possession. Chad is currently out of prison and an active parole client, as a result of this arrest and new charge he has a parole hold on him and can not bond out of jail at this time. Amanda, was charged with a class 4 felony for the suspected meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. 
Chad Weaver, July 2012 MCSO Booking Photo
Amanda and Chad were booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility without incident. For bond updates or other information related to any inmate in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage. And for other updates in our community, follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #GVCopBeat and #MesaCounty.

Bank Robbery Suspect Booked Into Jail

2012 Clifton Bank Robbery Suspect Booked Into Jail

Surveillance images from Alpine Bank, Clifton
Dated: April 26, 2012
Images of the suspect during the robbery were
previously released to media and public
Mesa County, Colo. -- Evidence outlined in an arrest warrant signed on May 9, 2014, paints a Denver man on a robbery spree across Colorado from April 2012 to June 2012. Mark Douglas Osterloo, 47, of Denver, was arrested near his home on June 15, 2012, in connection to other cases. Law enforcement from our agency, along with Glenwood Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs Police Department and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified Mark as the suspect in at least four bank robbery incidents, in Colorado, in 2012. The warrant issued for his arrest in connection to the bank robbed in Clifton, in April 2012, is for one count of aggravated robbery, a class 3 felony charge. 

Citizen witnesses outside at least one of the bank's robbed was able to provide a detailed vehicle description and license plate information. A search through Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle records, showed that license plate matching a vehicle the same as described by the citizen witness, belonging to Mark. In addition, the warrant issued for Mark outlines cell phone records that indicate his travel from the Denver area over the mountains and into Mesa County the same day, April 26, 2012, as the Alpine Bank robbery occurred in Clifton. The same cell phone records show Mark's cell phone leaving Mesa County at a time frame immediately following the time of the bank robbery. Further evidence, outlined in the warrant, point to Mark being the suspect in a bank robbery that occurred in Glenwood Springs on the afternoon of April 27, 2012; In the morning hours of June 4, 2012, in Colorado Springs and again on June 14, 2012, at a different bank in Colorado Springs. 
Mark Osterloo, 47, of Denver
Mark is being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on a $60,000.00 cash only bond. For updates on any inmate in our facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Former Elementary School Teacher Turns Himself In On Warrant

Sex Assault On A Child Charges, Warrant Issued For Former Elementary Teacher

Wesley Dane McCabe, 42, of Grand Jct.
Mesa County, Colo. -- Wesley 'Dane' McCabe, 42, of Grand Junction, turned himself into investigators yesterday afternoon immediately following a Judge signing a warrant for his arrest. The warrant charged one count of sexual exploitation of a child (a class 3 felony) and six counts of sexual assault (all misdemeanors).

The alleged sexual incidents reportedly occurred from July to November, 2013. During that time frame, investigators document in the warrant that he was an elementary teacher at Pear Park, in Grand Junction. However, the victim in this case was not an elementary student last year nor an athlete where he was a coach/sports adviser, as was speculated publicly during the investigation.

Dane is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility without bond. It is anticipated he will be arraigned this afternoon and may have a bond amount set at that time. For updates on any inmate in our facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Media inquiries on this investigation should be directed to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer. And, for other community updates follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #GVCopBeat and #MesaCounty.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Grand County Utah Warrant

Adult Male Booked Into Jail On Grand County, Utah Warrant

Elvis Quintanilla-Vasquez, 36, of Lancaster, Calif.
The following booking photo is made available in connection with a warrant issued out of Grand County, Utah. This photo is being made available here to minimize individual inquiries for it. However, the details and/or the warrant are not a product of this agency and must be requested and obtained through the proper process in Utah.

Phoenix Lifesaving Awards Given To Deputies

Four Deputies Receive Prestigious Award For Life Saving

L to R: Deputies Ben Marsh & Joseph Stratton
Mesa County, Colo. -- It isn't always handcuffs and warrants for deputies. As part of national Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 18 - 24, 2014, the Mesa County Emergency Medical System and the Mesa County EMS Council, held an award ceremony yesterday recognizing local emergency responders for life saving efforts done in 2013. Among the 10 life saving incidents recognized during the ceremony,  4 deputies stood among their fire, EMT partners and dispatchers, as well as 'bystanders,' receiving the prestigious 'Phoenix Award.'

The Phoenix Award goes to emergency workers who have been involved in calls wherein the patient suffered cardiac arrest, was resuscitated, and not only survived, but was able to return home from the hospital without significant brain damage. Phoenix Awards are named after the mythological bird that consumed itself in fire and rose renewed from the ashes. This symbol has been adopted by Mesa County EMS to recognize those individuals who, through their skills and knowledge, have successfully revived an individual known to have been in cardiac arrest. Because of the vital public service that EMS workers provide, the Mesa County Commissioners have proclaimed May 18-24, as EMS Week in Mesa County. The proclamation was presented to the Mesa County EMS community on the morning of May 19, during public hearing.
Undersheriff Rebecca Spiess presents award &
congratulates Deputy Melissa Mock
“Most people who suffer cardiac arrest like this don’t make it,” Mike Hill, Mesa County’s Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, said. “Of those who do survive, few make it out of the hospital without severe neurological damage. However, thanks to the quick reactions of local emergency workers, ten patients beat the odds and have recovered.”

Incident highlights for deputies who received Phoenix Award:
  • On April 23, 2013, Deputy Joseph Stratton was recently graduated from the POST Academy and considered a trainee in our agency's patrol field training program. Deputy Stratton was working with and under the guidance of his assigned field training officer, Deputy Ben Marsh. They had started their patrol shift at 6 a.m., and as usual, Deputy March had Deputy Stratton responding to a variety of incoming calls to dispatch and maintaining a high and steady work load. At 20 minutes after 1 p.m., these two deputies were dispatched to a residence on 32 4/10 Road, in Clifton, for a medical assist. The details on this call included a 55-year-old, male who was in and out of consciousness and experiencing breathing difficulties. Dispatch notes indicate two woman are doing CPR on the man when Deputies Marsh and Stratton arrive and take over the CPR efforts. Clifton Fire Department EMTs arrived on scene, providing additional medical care to the patient. Clifton Fire Department transported the man to a local hospital where he eventually made a full recovery. Along with Deputies Marsh and Stratton, 4 Clifton Fire Department personnel and one dispatcher from the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center were all honored for their efforts and received the Phoenix Award for Life Saving measures.
  • Another deputy in the patrol field training program, on May 13, 2013, was Melissa Mock. Deputy Mock was working with and under the guidance of Deputy Seth Parker when a medical call for assistance was dispatched to them at 7:45 p.m., in the 3200 block of Hall Court, in Clifton. A 50-year-old, male was reported to not be breathing and the dispatcher attempted to give CPR instructions over the phone. Deputies Mock and Parker arrived on the scene and immediately took over the CPR efforts, with the patient reportedly experiencing a faint pulse and slight breathing after several minutes of CPR efforts. Again, Clifton Fire Department responded to this medical call, provided medical assistance and transported the patient to an area hospital, where he eventually made a full recovery. Along with Deputies Mock and Parker, 4 Clifton Fire Department personnel were all honored for their efforts and received the Phoenix Award for Life Saving measures. *Special Note: Deputy Seth Parker was not able to attend this ceremony, but will receive his Phoenix Award at an alternate event.
Deputy Ben Marsh shakes hands with a Clifton Fireman
while Lonnie Bierbrauer, a dispatcher and Deputy
Joseph Stratton look on.
Along with our deputies, we congratulate St. Mary's Careflight, Grand Junction Fire Department, Clifton Fire Department, Plateau Valley Fire Department, Grand Junction Regional Communication Center and the citizens who join our deputies in saving lives! 

Additional gratitude to PIC Kate Porras, of the Grand Junction Police Department, for providing us these amazing photographs.


Former Pro Wrestler Returned To Mesa County On Warrant

Stephen Ketcher, MCSO Booking Photo
May 22, 2014

Wanted Pro Wrestler Arrested In Florida, Returned To Mesa County

Mesa County, Colo. -- After photos of Stephen N. Ketcher, 56, of Grand Junction, aired on the local news in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this month, Stephen walked into the Clay County Sheriff's Office just after noon on May 7, and turned himself in on the Mesa County warrant. Stephen has now been returned to Mesa County and was booked into our Detention Facility at 10 p.m., last night.

Stephen's warrant was issued in February 2014, for multiple counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust--pattern of abuse and sexual assault. The following news release had been sent directly to the Jacksonville area media on May 6, in an effort to ask the public in that area for assistance in locating Stephen. Investigators with our agency strongly believed Stephen was in that area of Florida and had been for several weeks. 

Booking Sheet, Clay County Sheriff's Office
May 07, 2014
The Jacksonville County Sheriff's Office also assisted in sharing Stephen's information via social media sites in early May. We appreciate the assistance from our fellow Sheriff's Offices in the apprehension of this wanted man, as well as the citizens and media in the greater Jacksonville area.

Stephen is currently being held in our jail on a $100,000.00, cash only bond. For information on any inmate in our facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage. A booking photo of Stephen taken today is provided in this post, along with prior photos released and the booking sheet from Clay County Sheriff's Office issued on May 07, 2014.

Previously released to Jacksonville, Florida, media on May 06, 2014...

Fugitive Believed To Be In Utah or Florida

By: Katie, MCSO Intern

Taken March 2014 
Mesa County, Colo. — In March 2014, investigators obtained a no bond, sex assault on a child, warrant issued for Stephen Nathaniel Ketcher (DOB: 09-20-57). Stephen is described as an American Indian male, weighing approximately 285 lbs., 6’ 3” tall, with black hair and brown eyes. His Utah driver’s license photo, photo taken within the last year of him holding a wrestling belt and a photo obtained of him in a casino in Orange Park, Florida, taken in late March 2014, are on this post.
Utah DMV Photo

Stephen is known to have experience as an over-the-road truck driver, primarily driving between Denver and Ohio, in the past. It is believed he left Western Colorado in February 2014, and has not returned to this area. He is known to have numerous ties to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he spent time in the Department of Corrections for an aggravated assault conviction. He is also known to have ties in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the area around Jacksonville, Florida, where he has immediate family.

Stephen is a past professional wrestler, formerly known under the name Steve “Gatorwolf” Ketcher and was a Western Region Heavyweight World Champion in the 1990’s. He is still known to be involved with putting on camps and promotions, historically in the Utah Area. People should be advised not to make contact with Stephen if recognized, and to immediately notify law enforcement.

Stephen is known to have abandoned his last semi-truck earlier this year, and is believed to be driving a:

  • 1995 Ford Aerostar, white in color. The plate on this vehicle may be plate number 497-WOF, Colorado. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Patrol Arrests Woman With Warrant & Meth

Christina Crawford, 30, of Grand Junction

Deputy Interrupts & Arrests Woman Napping

Mesa County, Colo. -- Just after noon, yesterday, deputies were called to a house in the 3000 block of D Road, Grand Junction. After speaking with the home owner, deputies learned 30-year-old, Christina Crawford, was napping on the couch in the living room.

Christina had an active Failure to Appear in Court warrant [on previous charge(s)]--issued for her arrest. A glass smoking pipe along with nearly 4.9 grams of methamphetamine was located in Christina's pants pocket, according to the arrest report. 

Christina was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility without incident on the warrant, and new charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was set today at $5,000.00, cash only and $250.00, cash or surety.

For information on any in-custody inmate in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage. Also, follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #GVCopBeat, #MesaCounty and #SOIntern for other law enforcement updates and information.

An INTERNal Observation

MCSO Intern Thoughts on Traffic Stops 

By. Katie, MCSO Intern 

With the flash of the red, white and blue lights in the rear view mirror most would argue that a sinking feelings overcomes all of the senses. Some might feel the lunch they just ate start to unsettle in their stomach, while others might find their minds racing a million miles-a-minute as they over thought every little thing they did wrong while behind the wheel to get pulled over. In all truth, everyone has been on the receiving end of getting pulled over and the heard the famous squeal of the siren signaling a stop. Nobody wants to get pulled over, or jumps in the car and says "I can't wait to get pulled over and ticketed today!"
Deputy Chris Books and Intern Katie before
 routine traffic patrolling
May 20,  2014
It should be known that common traffic stops by law enforcement officers is one of the dangerous jobs a law enforcement officer can have. While everything might seem hunker-dorey, an officer places his/her life on the line with every traffic stop he/she makes. With a stop of an unknown vehicle, and an unknown driver, things can turn deadly within moments. With National Police Week just a few days behind us, and the shooting of Colorado State Trooper, Eugene Hofacker by, 40-year-old, Thomas Orneleas at the beginning of this month. Orneleas had pled guilty to second degree murder in 1999 and had a lengthy, violent criminal record. Hofacker had no way of knowing who the driver was, and likely assumed it was just another driver needing assistance. The uncertainty and dangerousness all law enforcement officers face on a daily basis is no easy job. 

Life no longer goes in slow motion, all of us live in a society that allows time to swallow us up, and before you know it we have run out. Some might throw an attitude at getting pulled over, and some might even be mean, but traffic stops are made for a reason. Getting pulled over may not be the funnest experience, but it doesn't have to be a bad one. All law enforcement officers are people, people with children and families and bills to pay like everyone else. Perhaps the next time any of us find ourselves being pulled over, we will remember that where ever we might be going, we will eventually make it. The officer who made the stop is putting his life on the line every hour he/she is at work, doing their best to make sure you make it to your destination safe, and everyone around is safe, knowing he/she might not make it home safe themselves. The goal of a deputy/officer is not to generate revenue for the county, or to hand out tickets like candy (believe me, I grilled Dep. Brooks to the fullest!). All deputy's have the same goal in mind--protection of the community and to make the world a safer place to live. 

Thank an officer for doing their job, they are there to uphold the law and are certainly not above it. Kindness and professionalism goes a long way with all law enforcement, excuses and attitude not so much. In a world with so much violence, being late to work or trying to rushing to get the best parking spot is nothing compared to waking up in the morning, kissing your children good-bye and hoping its not for the last time. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Drug Task Force Finds Packaged Marijuana at Bus Station

Massachusetts Man Arrested for 1.4 Pounds of Marijuana

By: Katie, MCSO Intern 

Grand Junction, Colo. -- Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers arrested 40-year-old, Harold Gray last friday, on May 16, after a routine weapon/narcotic check at the Greyhound Bus Depot. After the bus was  pulled into a garage, set up for routine service and matinence checks, the Task Force officer's examined the luggage in the luggage bin. The luggage is not manipulated or searched through in any way, but with the help of a police K-9 any illegal substances may be found.

After the police K-9 Jax, and the handler responded to the passenger compartment of the bus.  Jax did what he is trained to do, and alerted his handler where a strong marijuana odor was coming from. The marijuana odor appeared to be emanating from a gray backpack in the overhead compartment on the bus. The K-9 and the Task Force officer have been a drug detection team since 2007. K-9 Jax is trained to detect the odors of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy.

After the Task Force officers made contact with two males sitting on the bus under the compartment where the backpack was located, the officer noticed the male passenger sitting on the inside of the seat had moved the suspicious bag from the overhead compartment to the floor. After consent to search was provided, the suspicious bag was found to have 1.4 pounds of marijuana wrapped in cellophane and dryer sheets.

Gray was placed under arrest and was booked into the Mesa County Jail. The amount found in Gray's bag is far more then personal use, according to the officer's documentations in his arrest report, but is consistent with distribution. For more information, check out the latest booking reports.

Be sure to follow the Mesa County Sheriff's Office on Twitter @MesaSheriffColo using #GVCopBeat and #MesaCounty or like us on Facebook. The Grand Junction Police Department can also be followed on Twitter @GrandJunctionPD using #MesaCounty and #GVCopBeat.

The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is joint operation comprised of officers and deputies with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Fugitive Apprehended In Orchard Mesa

Wanted Man Surrenders Peacefully

Mesa County,  Colo.-- Approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Mesa County Sheriffs deputies and Grand Junction Police Officers apprehended the suspect that they had been  searching for since  late Friday evening. Subject was wanted on a Warrant for Drug related charges and was located in the 300 block of Acoma Drive, Grand Junction. A community notification system was used to advise residents to shelter in place and that has since been lifted. 

This was a joint operation between Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Junction Police Department. Subject followed the command to surrender and did so without incident. 

More information may be available Monday.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Agency & Deputies Receive Statewide Awards

Agency & Deputies Receive Awards For DUI Enforcement

MCSO Agency Award
Mesa County, Colo. -- On May 14, 2014, the Colorado Department of Transportation (along with other traffic safety partners) recognized our agency as "#1 among western slope agencies" who participated in the High Visibility Enforcement Campaign in 2013. At the same award ceremony, held in Mesa County, two of our agency deputies were also recognized for their individual efforts to get drunk and high drivers off the roads of Mesa County, in 2013. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, "Periodic high-intensity and sustained high-visibility enforcement efforts, are proven effective countermeasures for reducing impaired-driving fatalities."

Deputies Ben Carnes and Mike Roberts received the Traffic Safety Champion award for efforts done in 2013. For all of 2013, Deputy Roberts arrested 37 impaired drivers and Deputy Carnes arrested 36 impaired drivers, being the leading and second leading deputies within our agency to nab drunk and/or drugged drivers. 

The Traffic Safety Champion award goes to an individual that shows outstanding support for impaired driving enforcement. This can be demonstrated by the number of citations written or arrests made during designated enforcement periods, or throughout the year. And, presenting quality education and safety programs, training to law enforcement in Drug Recognition Expertise, Standard Field Sobriety Testing, High Visibility Tactics, and/or other related activities.

Deputy Ben Carnes
In 2013, Deputy Carnes was assigned to the agency's Traffic Safety Unit. A unit with an emphasis on traffic safety, enforcement and education. Deputy Carnes is also a Drug Recognition Expert and Standard Field Sobriety Test instructor. He has conducted many trainings, evaluations and consultations in those specialized fields across the Western Slope.

Deputy Mike Roberts
Deputy Roberts has been assigned to patrol for many years, and when he isn't responding to emergency situations, he is most often seeking out impaired drivers. Though out his law enforcement career, Deputy Roberts has maintained the apprehension of impaired drivers as a top priority, and whenever possible takes those suspected DUI and DUID arrests as opportunities to teach and mentor less experienced deputies in the techniques of observing and locating impaired drivers (and processing them). Deputy Roberts is also a Standard Field Sobriety Test Instructor, for our agency.

Last year, Deputy Jerry Gray received the 2012 Traffic Safety Champion award. 

To report an impaired driver anywhere in Colorado, dial *CSP on your cell phone, or 911. You can also call non-emergency dispatch in Mesa County at (970) 242-6707. And, for other news and emergency situations happening across our area, be sure to follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #MesaCounty and #GVCopbeat.

Two Meth Arrests By Deputies On May 14

Deputy Finds Loaded Pistol In Waist Of Suspected Meth Dealer

Robert Dix, Jr., 58, of Grand Junction
Mesa County, Colo. -- During the pat down of a suspected methamphetamine dealer, by deputies in downtown Grand Junction yesterday night, a loaded .25 caliber pistol was found in the waist of Rick Sill. Deputies with the agency's Street Crimes Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle about 9 p.m., in the area of 9th Street and Pitkin Avenue, Grand Junction. Rick was arrested without incident and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on:
  • Displaying and possessing a deadly weapon during an offense, on his person or within his reach
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a weapon by a previous offender (Rick was convicted of three felonies in 1998 and one felony in 2005, according to court records)
  • Two traffic infractions
Before noon yesterday, deputies responded to a report of a "very loud argument" in the 600 block of Susan Street, Clifton. Deputies spoke with a woman and a male--identified as, 58-year-old Robert Dix, Jr. By court order, the adult female is a protected party from Robert and the court order also states Robert is not allowed be at the residence on Susan Street.

Rick Sill, 34, of Fruita
Robert was arrested on the violation of protection order and was found to have nearly 2 grams of suspected meth in his shirt pocket. Robert was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on the protection order violation and a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

For additional information on anyone currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage. And, be sure to follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #MesaCounty and #GVcopbeat for other updates on emergency situations in our community.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Seat Belt Enforcement Patrol Lands Meth Arrest

12 Grams Of Meth Off The Streets

Mesa County, Colo. -- A deputy participating in a state-wide seat belt enforcement endeavor conducted a traffic stop in the area of 32 1/8 and D 3/4 Roads, Clifton, yesterday afternoon. The driver, Bryan Taylor, 40, of Grand Junction, was confirmed to be revoked from driving through 2019, based on habitual traffic offenses.

Bryan Taylor, 40, of Grand Jct.
Ultimately, deputies located more than 12 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a digital scale, hypodermic needles, multiple glass smoking pipes and more. Bryan was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on multiple traffic infractions, possession of a schedule I/II drug, driving with a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bryan was previously arrested on April 10, by Colorado State Patrol, and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on multiple charges including child abuse without injury--two counts, meth possession, DUI and more. In January 2014, Bryan was booked into our County Jail on a contempt of court warrant; In August 2013, Bryan was arrested by deputies for domestic violence related charges and first degree trespassing; And, in June 2013, Bryan was booked into the jail by Grand Junction Police Department officers for habitual traffic offenses, meth possession and drug paraphernalia.

Bryan bonded out of jail this afternoon after posting a $5,000.00, cash or surety bond. He previously bonded out of jail on April 11, 2014, after posting a $10,000.00, cash or surety bond. For additional bond information on any inmate in our facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage. Also, follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo for details about emergency situations across #MesaCounty using #GVCopBeat.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Black Hawk Helicopter Landing At Local Elementary Schools

School District, Colo. National Guard & Law Enforcement Partner For Education Experience

Mesa County, Colo. -- Elementary schools from Fruita to Orchard Mesa to Clifton will have some special guests landing in their backyards on Wednesday and Thursday this week. In the middle of National Police Week, the memory of fallen DEA Agent, Enrique Camarena will come alive through an educational partnership between local law enforcement, School District 51, the Colorado National Guard and the Department of Justice--Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Drug Free Week or Red Ribbon Week was established during President Ronald Reagan's Administration and is celebrated the last week of October each year. However, the opportunity for elementary kids in Mesa County is now for a presentation of the meaning and purpose behind Red Ribbon Week. The Colorado National Guard’s Joint Counterdrug Task Force joined with local DEA agents to land a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at various elementary schools with a local DEA agent on board. That DEA agent, will give about a 25 minute presentation on the meaning of Red Ribbon Week, an anti-drug message and the connection with fallen DEA Agent Camarena's mission for kids to live a drug-free life.

This program and helicopter visual experience will take place in Grand Junction, Orchard Mesa, Clifton and Fruita in the morning and afternoon of both days. The Colorado National Guard helicopter unit will be coming in from Buckley Air Force Base, staying in town through the duration of the presentations and then will move on to other parts of the state for the same effort.

This public notice is two part. First, local law enforcement and School District 51 want citizens to be aware of the opportunity and partnership between many agencies to bring this unique and fun experience to elementary kids across the valley, while also providing education about the positives of living a life free of alcohol, tobacco and drug addiction. We hope it will be an unforgettable experience for the kids! Secondly, we want citizens to be aware of the helicopter flying and landing in various areas around the County on May 14 and 15, in connection to this program and not to have safety concerns.

Media inquiries should be directed to the following contacts:
  • Colorado National Guard/ Lt. Cheresa Theiral             PH: 720.250.1057
  • School District 51/ Christy McGee                             PH: 970.254.5112
  • Local DEA Resident Agent-In-Charge/ Jim Schrant     PH: 970.683.3225

Monday, May 12, 2014

Meth Arrests Over The Weekend

Patrol & Street Crimes Make Multiple Meth Arrests

Josephine Epping
Mesa County, Colo. -- A summary of various arrests from over the weekend by deputies with the Sheriff's Office included multiple arrests associated with methamphetamine. Arrests made by patrol units and deputies with the agency's Street Crimes Unit, which targets mid-level drug users, those with active warrants and targeted enforcement for specific crimes or incidents.

Josephine Epping, 28, of Clifton, was issued a ticket on Mother's Day after a welfare check was requested and conducted by patrol deputies regarding three small children in her home, in the 3200 block of Rood Avenue, Clifton. Deputies conducting the welfare check noted in reports behavior from Josephine consistent with methamphetamine users and paranoia. Ultimately, deputies removed the children from the home out of concern for the children's safety and overall welfare. Josephine received a ticket for child abuse with no injury and possession of controlled substance.

Renee Samora
Prior to Sunday, Josephine had a friend arrested by deputies in her home on May 7, for meth possession and drug paraphernalia (Kelli Garner, 36-years-old). On March 28, 2014, deputies issued her a county ordinance violence for disorderly house. The Grand Junction Police Department arrested Josephine on April 9, 2014, for domestic violence, on November 22, 2013, for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and she was booked into the Mesa Country Detention Facility in October 2013, on an active warrant.

On the night of May 9, deputies with the Street Crimes Unit arrested Renee Samora, 42, homeless, for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. She also had two active warrants and remains in jail on $100.00, cash only bond and $650.00, cash or surety bond. 

Meghan Richens
Deputies went on the night of May 9, to arrest Meghan Richens, 26, no address provided, for identity theft, possession of schedule IV level drug, paraphernalia and two active warrants for her arrest. Deputies contacted her in the 400 block of Chukar Way, Clifton, on a traffic stop. Meghan identified nearly 20 pills she initially had hidden in her panties, as Xanax, to deputies along with finding hypodermic needles and a stolen check in Meghan's possession, prior to being booked into jail. She is currently being held on a $7,500.00, cash only bond in the Mesa County Detention Facility. 

For other updates from our agency in #MesaCounty, follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #GVCopBeat. And to view other arrests, visit our agency's blotter webpage.

Spiess Appointed Next Sheriff of Mesa Counry

Mesa County Commissioners to appoint Undersheriff Spiess to complete term of Sheriff 

Rebecca Spiess will assume new role effective June 16, 2014

**Released by Mesa County Administration. Provided here as a courtesy post.**
GRAND JUNCTION, COLO May 12, 2014— At regular scheduled public hearing on Monday, May 12, 2014, Mesa County Commissioners discussed Sheriff Stan Hilkey’s letter of resignation and received legal advice as they considered the next steps.
Mesa County Undersheriff Rebecca Spiess

The Board of County Commissioners has the responsibility pursuant to Article XIV Section 9 of the Colorado Constitution to fill the office of sheriff by appointment, following a vacancy in the office of sheriff.

The Commissioners stated that they desire the transition following Sheriff Hilkey’s departure be accomplished with as little disruption as possible, and that the stability of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office be ensured to the greatest extent possible.

Unanimously, the Commissioners voted to appoint Undersheriff Rebecca Spiess to assume the office of Sheriff on June 16, 2014.

Commissioners will formalize the decision by Resolution on Monday May 19, 2014. Undersheriff Spiess will complete the term of three-time elected Sheriff Stan Hilkey, when Sheriff Hilkey departs for his new job as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

Sheriff Spiess will serve from June 16, 2014 to January, 2015 when an elected Sheriff will be sworn into office.

Police Week Vigil

National Police Week Vigil

Mesa County, Colo. -- It is National Police Week, May 11-17 this year, and your local law enforcement agencies have a family friendly, FREE event. The event is being held at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office this year, located at 215 Rice Street, Grand Junction:

  • Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. -- Touch-a-truck (tour our specialized vehicles, let the kids turn on the sirens and have general positive interaction with all levels of local law enforcement), immediately followed by the annual Memorial Vigil.

We hope you and your family will join us!

CIRT Activated For Deputy Involved In Shooting

Deputy Involved In Shooting, Critical Incident Response Team Activated

Update provided May 22, 2014 -- Jonathan Miguel Robnett, 29, of Clifton, was arrested on a warrant. He was charged with assault in the first degree and felony menacing. His bond has been set at $100,000.00--cash only.
Jonathan Barnett, 29, MCSO 2010 Booking Photo

A current booking photo of Jonathan will be posted here when it becomes available. A 2010 booking photo from our facility is currently provided.

The details of the warrant surrounding the charges and arrest of Jonathan have been sealed by court order and can not be provided at this time.

Update at 4:45 p.m., May 12, 2014 -- The subject is alive and remains at a local hospital being treated for his injuries.
Mesa County, Colo. -- Just before 9:30 p.m., on May 11, 2014, deputies responded to the area of E and Mesa View Lane, Clifton, for an adult male who called 911 and made suicidal statements. A deputy made initial contact with the subject on the corner of 33 and E Road, Clifton. At some point during the contact the deputy shot the man. The man was transported to an area hospital by ambulance and was conscious at the time of transport. 
At this time the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team has been activated to investigate this officer involved shooting, which is standard practice. The CIRT investigation is being led by the Grand Junction Police Department. No further information is expected to be released tonight.

The Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of the following agencies: Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. It is generally activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure a complete and accurate investigation.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Deputy Remembered & Honored As Agency Line Of Duty Death

Deputy Innes Killed In The Line Of Duty, 1906

Deputy Edward Innes, MCSO
Mesa County, Colo. -- On September 26, 1906, Deputy Edward Innes was struck from behind with a board and became the first and only Mesa County Sheriff’s Office employee to die in the line of duty. Inmate George McGarvey, jailed since April 1, 1906, on charges of attempting to criminally assault a nine-year-old girl, used the attack on Innes to escape the Mesa County Jail.  Deputy Innes, 28-years-old, passed away the following day from injuries sustained at the hands of McGarvey.

McGarvey, captured by DeBeque rancher William McDowell on September 30, 1906, was tried on October 3, convicted on October 4 and sentenced to death by hanging on October 5, 1906.  A swift justice for what was described as one of the foulest deeds enacted in Grand Junction at the time.

Edward Innes, a resident of Grand Junction since the age of four, was the only child of William and Lucy Innes. Edward’s father was the first elected Sheriff of the newly formed Mesa County from 1885 to 1886. Edward was Chief of the Grand Junction Fire Department for several years prior to his employment in the Mesa County jail. When William Innes passed away November 28, 1926, it was noted that Deputy Innes was “named to the responsible position of Undersheriff.” No other mention of this title has been found through research by current day MCSO staff.

Innes' grave, 2014
Edward Innes was inducted into the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial on May 5, 2000, which is located at the Colorado State Patrol Academy, in Golden, Colo.  This memorial was erected in 1979 as a tribute to Colorado’s fallen peace officers. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Colorado has lost 278 peace officers in the line of duty since records have been kept and available.

Several years later, the request was made to add Edward Innes to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, located in Washington, D.C. The request was granted on February 13, 2007. The name of Edward Innes was unveiled on May 13, 2007, at the 19th annual candlelight vigil as part of the National Police Week celebration held in Washington, D.C.
Sheriff Hilkey etching Innes' name at NLEOM, May 2007
As referred to by family and friends of Deputy Innes in a Daily Sentinel article dated September 28, 1906 – “His character was above reproach, his disposition was such that drew to him readily warm friends that never wavered in their regard for him. True hearted, high and noble in his impulses and faithful to his friends there is little wonder that he was popular and there is little wonder the entire city should be stirred with indignation and anger over his tragic death at the hands of the vilest of criminals that was ever confined in a Mesa County prison (jail).”

Hilkey Announces Intent To Vacate Office Early

Sheriff Stan Hilkey,  first elected in 2002

Sheriff Leaving Post In June, Recommends Undersheriff To Complete His Elected Term

Mesa County, Colo. -- Today, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey, announces his intention to vacate his elected office in early June, to fill a post in Colorado State Government as the Executive Director of Colorado’s Department of Public Safety (CDPS).  Governor John Hickenlooper is making this same announcement of Sheriff Hilkey's appointment in tangent with this local release.

**Watch a video of Sheriff Hilkey's announcement to staff, colleagues and the media from 10:15 a.m., today.**

The Executive Director of CDPS is a Governor’s Cabinet level position with over 1,600 employees and a budget of $350 million. CDPS is the parent agency of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Colorado State Patrol, Fire Prevention and Control, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Division of Criminal Justice, School Safety Resource Center, CDPS Human Resources and the Executive Director’s Office.  A full description of the Department and strategic plan can be found at:    
Undersheriff Rebecca Spiess, appointed in 2006
 Colorado law authorizes the Undersheriff, the second in command, to act as Sheriff until the Board of County Commissioners appoints a new Sheriff to fulfill the term as prescribed in the Colorado Constitution, Article XIV, (Counties, Officers, Section 9). Sheriff Hilkey's recommendation to the Mesa County Commissioners for his replacement is Undersheriff Rebecca Spiess to be appointed Sheriff to fulfill the remainder of Sheriff Hilkey's term. By term limits, a newly elected Sheriff will occur in November this year with a swearing-in occurring in January, 2015.

"Undersheriff Spiess, acting primarily as Chief of Staff (for me), has a complete grasp on the current state of affairs in this office, is already plugged into current and on-going priorities, and has full knowledge of the duties and responsibilities that would make leadership transition as seamless as possible," Sheriff Hilkey said. “She is, simply, exceedingly ready and able to complete this term and serve our citizens with the same, or better, excellence seen in the Sheriff’s Office under my leadership. Her leadership provides for the best stability during the time of an election and I have all the confidence that she will continue to prepare the office for the transition of leadership provided by the election. In addition, she has the full support of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office along with the adjacent public safety agencies in Mesa County."
Sheriff Hilkey, facing term limits this year, credits this opportunity to the fine reputation of the men and women, staff and volunteers of the Sheriff’s Office, and their high level of customer service with a wonderful state wide reputation. In addition, Sheriff Hilkey is grateful to Governor Hickenlooper for the opportunity to continue to serve citizens and public safety agencies in Colorado in a meaningful and important way.  
Page 1 of Governor's News Release
“I am looking forward to supporting all the resources in the CDPS in tackling state wide challenges and fulfilling their important mission, with continued excellence, to the people of Colorado. This opportunity is not given to many people and I look forward to the challenging work ahead,” Sheriff Hilkey said. His first day in the new position will be June 16. 

Sheriff Hilkey has been serving the Mesa County community for 28 years as a Sheriff’s Office employee. “I simply cannot measure how lucky I have been to do so, nor can I adequately express my gratitude for the privilege of being elected three times in Mesa County. I will miss this community as I serve a larger one, but am confident the leadership of the Sheriff's Office going forward will continue to be progressive and responsive to the citizens," he said.
Page 2 of Governor's News Release

Background on Sheriff Hilkey: He has been serving the citizens of Mesa County through this agency since 1986, when he was first hired as a deputy. He first ran for elected office in 2002, winning overwhelmingly in that November election. He went on to win the Sheriff's seat in Mesa County two additional times. The position of Sheriff, in Mesa County, is term limited to three consecutive, four year terms. Sheriff Hilkey is in his final year as elected Sheriff and can not run for this office again. 

Sheriff Hilkey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy--2004, and a graduate of the Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command--2001. In addition, he has been nationally active in evidence based decision making with regard to Criminal Justice, a past Chairman of County Sheriff's of Colorado, past Chairman of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Board, active with both the local and state meth task forces, and much more during his professional career.