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


An avalanche warning for the northern and portions of the central mountains of Colorado, including the Sawatch range, was issued by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at 8:41am today (Thursday).  According to the warning, Heavy snow is likely to continue through Thursday.  Avalanche danger is quickly rising to the high level four category.  Natural and […]

Brian McCabe, Mail Staff Writer Posted January 27, 2013 A man snowshoeing on Mount Princeton Sunday fell approximately 800 feet and suffered serious injuries, requiring a Flight for Life helicopter to assist in the rescue. Hans Albriecht, Chaffee County Search and Rescue North incident commander, said the man, about 30 years old, was snowshoeing […]

A Denver man was arrested Tuesday after a dispute with his girlfriend ended in a physical struggle with a sheriff’s deputy who had been called to their lodging at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort to assist the woman.  Adam I. Smith, 29, was jailed on a variety of criminal charges. At about 2:30pm Tuesday, Deputy […]

Under a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, Jaime Lynne Vazquez, 35, of Poncha Springs was sentenced January 2nd to five years with the Department of Corrections, plus a mandatory three years of parole, after she entered a plea of guilty in Chaffee County District Court to a charge of possession of more than […]

A Louisiana woman is in custody at the Chaffee County Detention Facility following her arrest Monday after leading sheriff’s deputies and a state trooper on a pursuit that reached a speed of one hundred miles per hour. Just before 2:30pm Tuesday, Deputy Rod Lane was conducting radar speed enforcement north of Poncha Springs when he […]

The sheriff and undersheriff The sheriff and Deputy Logan Tidwell represented CCSO at the funeral service of former sheriff’s deputy Randy Nold in Buena Vista. The sheriff and undersheriff gave a brief presentation on leadership and effecting change in organizations for the Colorado Mountain College – Leadership Chaffee County group. Operations The sheriff’s annual employee […]