Message from the Sheriff

Hi Everyone With the latest order from the governors office directing all Colorado citizens to stay at home it raised fear and uncertainty to an even higher level among our county and state citizenry. We most definitely live in a very uneasy time and I am very compassionate to the tough times we are facing […]

End of Watch November 5, 2019  

Seven Peaks Music Festival Information PLEASE NOTE! There will be NO entry allowed until 9am on Friday, August 31st. Camping areas will open at 9am on Friday August 31st also. If you have questions please check out the official festival site at

[The following text was sent to subscribers to our electronic newsletter. WPP] With the recent election of my friend John Spezze to the office of Chaffee County sheriff, and as I prepare to leave that office in January, allow me to review with you the past four years of this administration. When we campaigned for […]

The body of a 31-year-old woman, missing since Saturday evening when the raft she was in overturned in the Arkansas River north of Salida, was discovered at about 5:45pm yesterday (Wednesday) on the east bank of the Arkansas River at the confluence of the Little Arkansas River near Salida’s south city limits.  The victim, Amanda […]

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office today announced the establishment of its first Citizen Police Academy, a program that gives citizens an opportunity to learn about the operation of the sheriff’s office and to educate the public in ways in which it can become working partners with the sheriff’s office and its employees. Academy classes will […]

Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for a Communications Officer/Dispatcher to fill one position and establish an eligibility list.  Applicants must be 21 years of age with a good driving record and no criminal history.  They must have good hearing in both ears, be able to multi-task, type, and have a high school diploma […]

CHAFFEE COUNTYSHERIFF’S OFFICE     Salida, Colorado M E M O R A N D U M   TO:                 Chaffee County Board of Commissioners                 FROM:           John Spezze, Undersheriff DATE:           August 20, 2013 SUBJECT:  2014 Budget Request Last year we submitted the budget request and outlined specific goals that we have identified as pertinent to our […]

Several laws related to firearms were enacted by the legislature this year and signed into law by the governor. Below is a list. HB13-1224- Prohibits large-capacity magazines (more than 15 rounds).  HB13-1228- Fees for funding gun background checks.  HB13-1229- Universal background checks for all gun sales.  SB13-197- Prevents domestic violence offenders from possessing firearms.  SB13-195- Requires in-person training for […]

As the fire season approaches, it might be helpful to explain to our residents once again, as we did last year, our procedure and rationale for imposing or lifting fire restrictions. In my role as sheriff and county fire warden, early every morning I check the fire weather on the National Weather Service’s website.  When […]