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


Buena Vista Police Department produced the Every 15 Minutes program with the cooperation of Buena Vista High School staff and students.  This event, involving volunteers from all law enforcement agencies in the county, the county court, district attorney, EMS, fire departments, and many others, is a dramatic, semi-theatrical event that graphically illustrates the human cost of tragedies […]

The following press release was submitted by Rebecca Rice, Chaffee County Build A Generation. In four hours, Chaffee County turned in 75.7lbs of unused or expired medications at collection sites in Salida and Buena Vista as part of the Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28th. A big thank you to the community members who […]

At our community forums on drugs and alcohol in Chaffee County, several people suggested we create a tip line to receive anonymous information about illegal drugs, underage alcohol sales and use, and related issues.  After a good deal of effort, the sheriff’s office has finally implemented the suggestion. A telephone line directly connected to a […]

Chaffee County Coroner Randy Amettis informed the sheriff’s office today that the death of David Butler, 46, who died in a barn fire near Buena Vista on March 8, has been declared by the coroner to be a suicide.  The determination is based on autopsy results, evidence collected by arson investigators at the fire scene, […]

Sheriff Pete Palmer today announced that Buena Vista resident Catelyn Wagner, 17, is this year’s recipient of the County Sheriffs of Colorado scholarship award for Chaffee County. The state’s county sheriffs association offered a total of 32 awards of $500 each this year to deserving high school and college students in Colorado to fund higher […]

The sheriff and undersheriff… …attended a variety of meetings including local law enforcement officials in Cañon City, Over the River participating agencies, West Central Mental Health, Salida Rotary Club, US ProChallenge Race planning, and school emergency operations planning. Operations An extensive operation to apprehend a fugitive wanted for violating parole on a manslaughter charge ended […]

Chaffee County Build A Generation and the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Buena Vista and Salida police departments, will sponsor two community forums on drug and alcohol use among Chaffee County’s youth.   The focus will be on providing education and building awareness. Discussion will center on the results from the student and […]

The following messages were included in our most recent newsletter that was sent to subscribers earlier this week. Chaffee County Build A Generation and the sheriff’s office will be holding a forum for parents, students and all interested community members on Tuesday, April 17th from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Buena Vista High School cafeteria.  […]

Just before midnight Saturday evening, sheriff’s deputies responding to tips from several people contacted seven young adults and three juveniles at a large bonfire in the Four Mile Recreation Area north of Buena Vista.  A red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service and no-burn fire restrictions were in effect at the time, and […]