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


Press release by Chief Jimmy Tidwell, Buena Vista Police Department On the evening of Tuesday August 19th, the Buena Vista Police Department and the Chaffee County Drug Task Force (to include members of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and Salida Police Department) served a search warrant at 440 W. Mill St. as part of an […]

Justin Lamb, 29, formerly a resident of Chaffee County but currently serving a prison term in Canon City, has been charged with several additional felonies resulting from a lengthy investigation into the thefts of several motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) earlier this year.  The reported value of the stolen goods was just over $29,000.  The […]

A Houston, Texas man, the subject of a search that began late Saturday night and continued all day Sunday, was finally returned to safety early Sunday evening.  The sheriff’s office received a call shortly after 10pm Saturday from a man who reported that his friend, 46-year-old Kishore Joshi, had separated from their hiking party after […]

A man hiking on Mount Yale with his sixteen-year-old daughter was assisted off the mountain by volunteers from the county’s search and rescue team during a nighttime mission Friday evening.  Neither the man nor his young daughter was injured during the incident. Shortly before 7:30pm Friday, the sheriff’s office communications center received a call from […]

A Smeltertown facility used as a commercial marijuana grow operation was the target of burglars early Friday morning.  Several mature marijuana plants with an undisclosed value were removed by the thieves whose identities remain unknown. At about 4:50am Friday, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the facility known as Nature’s Medicine on County Road 150 on […]

The sheriff and undersheriff The sheriff and undersheriff participated in the Fourth of July parades in Buena Vista and Salida. Operations A two-car collision on Trout Creek Pass took the life of one driver and seriously injured the driver of the second car.  Deputies assisted CSP with the incident.  A very sincere appreciation goes to […]

Chaffee County Search and Rescue-South (CCSAR-S) assisted a Denver woman who suffered a broken ankle on the Waterdog Lakes Trail on Sunday.  A passing hiker contacted Chaffee County Communications Center at about 1:30pm to report that Wendy Wallach, 45 had slipped and injured her ankle while descending from Waterdog Lakes. Chaffee County Search and Rescue […]