I’m a Colorado native. I grew up in rural South Eastern Colorado. My grandfather was an undersheriff in Kansas and two of my older brothers went into law enforcement. From an early age I wanted to be a peace officer. I specifically pursued being a sheriff’s deputy, appreciating the history of the office and the fact that it was not simply another government department. The office of Sheriff is a statutory office having exclusive powers under state law. It is a public office with a right, and corresponding duty, to exercise public trust. I have been honored, throughout my career, to be associated with many honorable Sheriffs who mentored me and prepared me to be a Sheriff who honors the public trust.
My wife, Bobbi, is the Director of the Senior Coalition and works very hard to serve our seniors. My daughter, Ruby, is a freshman in High School and my son, John, is in Middle School.
I have traveled the United States, and have enjoyed the beauty and hospitality of other states. None compare to the natural beauty experienced right out my front door. I have made Park County my home for over 30 years. I appreciate small town living, our community, and the environment it offers to raise a family.
My family and I are part of this community. Park County is my home. Since my departure the Park County Sheriff's Office has had increased difficulty retaining staff and managing resources. Community programs that were previously strong and vital have been struggling or canceled altogether. Communication has become closed. The office has lost Public Trust. Our community deserves better. Many in our community have encouraged me to run, and expressed that it is time for a change . I look forward to bringing the change that is desired. It’s time for honesty and integrity through accountability and transparency.
I resigned my commission as undersheriff after Cpl. Carrigan’s death. My goal is to become the next Park County Sheriff. I feel a strong duty and responsibility to the men and women of the Park County Sheriff’s Office, and our citizens to make necessary changes. I want folks to have a clear understanding that I was not a participant in the tactical decisions that were made at the time of Corporal Carrigan’s death. I would like to reiterate my most sincere condolences to the Carrigan family and my heart goes out to all those who made the best out of very difficult situation. There needs to be a change in leadership. I will bring proven leadership, proven experience, professional management, calm and measured decision-making and a new direction to the office of sheriff
Awards and recognition:
02/15/2016 “People’s Choice Award for Runner-up Best Local Law Enforcement Officer.” Editor Emily Clingman, Park County Republican & Fairplay Flume Newspaper.
01/13/2016 Special Citation for: “BRAVERY”. Sheriff Fred Wegener
02/15/2015 “People’s Choice Award for Best Local Law Enforcement Officer.” Editor Emily Clingman, Park County Republican & Fairplay Flume Newspaper.
02/13/1015 Lifesaving Medal. Sheriff Fred Wegener
02/15/2014 “People’s Choice Award for Best Local Law Enforcement Officer.” Editor Tom Locke, Park County Republican & Fairplay Flume Newspaper
12/12/2013 Letter of Commendation for commitment, & outstanding achievements Sheriff Fred Wegener
02/15/2013 “People’s Choice Award for Best Local Law Enforcement Officer.” Editor Tom Locke, Park County Republican & Fairplay Flume Newspaper
12/11/2012 Award-Adherence to Highest Ideals David Marlin, Commander VFW
2/15/2012 “People’s Choice Award for Best Local Law Enforcement Officer.” Editor Tom Locke, Park County Republican and Fairplay Flume Newspaper
12/11/2011 Award-Adherence to Highest Ideals David Marlin, Commander VFW
01/11/2011 Lifesaving Medal. Sheriff Fred Wegener
12/11/2010 Award- Adherence to Highest Ideals David Marlin, Commander VFW
8/15/2009 Lifesaving Medal. Sheriff Fred Wegener
7/20/2009 Commendation for Meritorious Service for extraordinary performance and dedication. Sheriff Fred Wegener
6/09/2009 Commendation for Operation Half Dozen. Incident Commander for 6 SWAT TEAMS. In a coordinated and dangerous operation cammanded all 6 teams. Sheriff Fred Wegener
7/29/2007 Commendation, Senate Resolution 215 recognizing September 25th as National First Responders Day for responders to the Platte Canyon High School Shooting. Wayne Allard, United States Senator. Senator Allard, Senator Casey, and Senator McCain
7/27/2007 Commendation recognizing my actions and the actions of others at the Platte Canyon High School shooting United States Representative Doug Lamborn. House of Representatives
9/29/2007 Commendation recognizing my actions at the Platte Canyon High School shooting United States Senator Ken Salazar
12/11/2006 Distinguished Service Medal for “HEROIC ACTS’ Multi-Jurisdiction Incident Commander Sheriff Fred Wegener
9/27/2006 Sheriff’s Commendation Medal for performing above and beyond your normal scope of duties and for your activities and achievements on September 27, 2006 Sheriff Fred Wegener.
2/16/2006 Appointed E911 Board Park County Board of County Commissioners
7/4/2005 Special Leadership Award for dedication and outstanding dedication & contribution to his fellow employees & community. Park County Employee Advisory Committee.
2004-2005 Outstanding Leadership Award South Central Colorado Law Enforcement Officer's Association
2004-2005 Outstanding Leadership Award James W. Zoller, Leadville Chief of Police
12/2004 Recreation Center Completion Award for a job well done! South Park Parks & Recreation District
6/12/2003 Event Safety Award for managing several outlaw motorcycle gangs in Fairplay. Chief Gottschalk & Mayor Quinn
7/15/2002 Sheriff’s Commendation Award: Fire-Performing Above & Beyond Sheriff Fred Wegener
4/2/2002 Sheriff’s Commendation- for a shooting that occurred in Hartsel, CO. Sheriff Fred Wegener
8/15/2000 Sheriff’s Award: years of service, dedication and service to citizens Sheriff Joe Morales
7/20/2000 Security/Professionalism & Leadership Organized, managed, and provided dignitary security for a visit by the U.S. Attorney General and his staff. Sheriff Joe Morales
12/26/1999 Dedication & Support Award Summit County Board of County Commissioners
12/8/1999 Outstanding Assistance- Firearms Training Program Erik J. Bourgerie, Instructor
11/10/1999 Letter of Appreciation Colorado Department of Corrections
7/30/1998 Employee of the Quarter/Outstanding leadership Sheriff Joe Morales
6/30/1998 SWAT Appreciation for Operation Canyon Storm Led SWAT team to Cortez, CO to assist local Law Enforcement in manhunt for murderers. Sheriff Joe Morales
10/19/1995 Letter of Appreciation, nomination for community award Judy Scollard
2/20/1993 Outstanding Service Officer Summit County Elks Lodge #2561
2/19/1993 "Officer of the Year Patrol Deputy" Sheriff Delbert Ewoldt
8/24/1993 Letter of Commendation Chris White
3/20/1992 Outstanding Achievement: Firearms Academy Director: Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy
8/24/1991 Letter of Commendation: Narcotics operation Sheriff Delbert Ewoldt
2/1/1991 Letter of Commendation: Life Saving Letter of Commendation Wayne D. Witt, Corporal of Corrections
4/11/1990 Letter of Commendation: Request to be made FTO jail. Corporal Herbert Crawford
4/7/1990 Letter of Commendation and request for 5% raise for outstanding performance. Corporal Herbert Crawford
1/17/1989 Letter of Commendation: Professionalism and security, jail Corporal Mike LaCosse
12/28/1988 Letter of Commendation: Professionalism, jail Corporal Mike LaCosse
8/15/1988 Letter of Appreciation: Professionalism in the jail Corporal Mike LaCosse
7/22/1988 Letter of Appreciation Corporal Mike LaCosse
5/11/1988 Award: Appreciation of Service Fellow employees
2/29/1988 Letter of Appreciation: Jail Investigation Sergeant Gerberding
9/16/1987 Letter of Appreciation: Initiative and genuine concern Lt. Peg Johnson
10/1982 Letter of Appreciation: Life Saving Letter, Sheriff John Eberly