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


Below is a letter from the sheriff printed in the March 29 edition of the Salida Mountain Mail. Editor: Allow me to respond to Patrick Fiore’s letter critical of our search efforts.  Here are the facts and what we knew about Mr. Fiore at the time. We received a call from Fiore’s girlfriend, not from […]

The sheriff and undersheriff… The sheriff was out of the office for three weeks recovering from hip surgery.  The undersheriff attended and participated in a variety of meetings.  These included the public hearing in Cotopaxi concerning the Over The River project, the OTR participating agencies’ meeting in Canon City, the Domestic Violence Coalition, County Probation […]

Press release for Monday, March 12  Chaffee County Coroner Randy Amettis announced today that dental records have confirmed that the body found in a burned barn southwest of Buena Vista last Thursday is that of David Butler, 46, whose most recent residency was in Summit County.  Butler had been sought by authorities for violating his parole […]

Earlier today, Thursday, Colorado Department of Corrections Fugitive Operations alerted the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office that a subject wanted for escape was likely in the Mount Princeton area south of Buena Vista.  The subject, David Butler, age 46, was wanted on an original charge of homicide and was said to have “violent tendencies.” Deputies located […]

Below are extracts from a letter from our communications manager, Annette Stolba, published in the Mountain Mail.  It contains information regarding cell phones and the ability to call 911 even when services have been cut. During the recent phone outage, some cell phones and other phones were not working due to a fiber optic line […]