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


The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office announced that Stage II fire restrictions will be placed in effect throughout Chaffee County effective Tuesday, June 26.  This action is taken in light of the very dry and windy conditions that persist throughout the region and the forecast of no improvement in weather conditions in the immediate future. Stage […]

The Salida city council insists it should “share control” of the Chaffee County Communications Center and that city officials should be given greater control in decision making than the current proposal allows.  We disagree. I adamantly opposed the initial proposal to transfer authority for operation of the center from the sheriff to the county administrator […]

A two-day search over the weekend by Chaffee County authorities failed to locate a man last seen on Wednesday at his campsite in the Clear Creek Reservoir campground.  Brian Duane Nelson, 59, of Salida was last seen seated alone at his campsite by other persons camped nearby.  Late Friday, after campers noticed no activity at […]

In light of the extremely dry and windy conditions existing in the lower elevations of Chaffee County and the forecast of no improvement in the weather, along with predictions of isolated thunderstorms and their associated lightning risks, Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer is raising the fire danger rating to EXTREME effective Saturday, June 23. A […]

For release Sunday, June 17, 2012 At about 4:30pm Saturday, deputies were dispatched to a residential area on CR 276 in Nathrop after receiving a call from an area resident that a man living nearby was shooting a firearm at their house.  Deputies arrived within a few minutes and established a perimeter around the area, […]

Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer announced today that Stage I fire restrictions will be in effect as of Thursday, June 14.  No open fires are allowed, with the following exceptions: 1)  Campfires, warming fires and charcoal fires within a permanent constructed fire grate in a developed public campground or picnic ground or permanent constructed fire grate or […]

Several residents have expressed anxiety over the risk of wildfires within the county due to the dry, windy conditions we’re experiencing.  Some have asked us to declare restrictions on open fires, especially campfires in wilderness or forested areas, in view of these weather factors.  While we sympathize with those views, at this writing the data […]

For those readers interested in knowing more about Amendment 64, the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Colorado, here’s a link to the official wording of the proposal.  It will be on the ballot in November.

The sheriff and undersheriff… …attended or participated in a variety of civic and other activities including Rotary, Vuelta Salida race planning, a meeting of the Teller County sheriff’s honorary deputy sheriffs association, and an orientation for the AHRA seasonal rangers. The sheriff participated in a law enforcement executives forum at the Command Staff Institute hosted […]

From the June 8, 2012 edition of the Denver Post: Atlanta.  A government survey shows more teens are now smoking pot than cigarettes.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that 23 percent of high school students sad they recently smoked marijuana, while 18 percent said they had puffed cigarettes.