John Spezze, Sheriff
Andy Rohrich, Undersheriff

641 West 3rd Street
PO Box 699
Salida, Colorado 81201

Emergency: 911

Non-Emergency: 719-539-2596
Communications Center Fax:
Records Fax: 719-539-1077


A 48-year-old woman was injured yesterday when the snowmobile on which she was riding with her husband overturned while traversing deep powder in the Shirley Site area.  State Parks officers responded to the accident, as they investigate these incidents by agreement with federal officials on whose land the accident occurred.  Chaffee Search and Rescue South […]

Ten Chaffee County law enforcement officers, from the Buena Vista and Salida police departments, Colorado State Patrol, and the Sheriff’s Office, participated in this year’s annual Student Holiday Outing with Police (SHOP).  For about three hours, lawmen accompanied fourth graders selected from Buena Vista and Salida schools as they shopped for Christmas gifts at local […]

The following letter appeared in the December 14 edition of the Salida Mountain Mail newspaper. Editor: Allow me to respond to the Mail’s editorial urging that once again, for the third year straight, the county commissioners deny salary increases for County employees.  While we well understand the commissioners’ dilemma and the difficult choices they face, […]

The sheriff and undersheriff… …attended various civic association meetings such as SAR North and South, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and others.  Both participated in the Salida Parade of Lights.  The undersheriff attended a meeting concerning emergency response and planning for the Salida School District. This will be an on-going process to create and regularly […]

The body of Sue Johnson, 55, the Salida resident who was the subject of an extensive two-day Search and Rescue mission in the Brown’s Creek area in Chaffee County, was discovered this morning (Friday) at about 11:30am by a search dog and handler from the Buena Vista Correctional Facility.  The deceased woman was found in a sitting […]