Colorado Sheriff’s Workers Quit
LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) _ Six sheriff’s department employees, including the jail cook, quit after the county sheriff was ousted in a recall election.
The workers walked out Wednesday, a day after Lake County Sheriff George Sheers lost his job in a countywide vote by a 2-to-1 margin.
Sheers said he appreciated the show of support. ``I told them to think hard about it, but they didn’t like what happened,″ he said.
Both supporters and opponents of Sheers attributed the controversy to a case involving a former deputy who wasn’t properly certified as a law enforcement officer.
The deputy, Paul Esparza, is facing felony charges for allegedly cutting courthouse phone service in a contract dispute with the county over a moonlighting job. Sheers fired Esparza.
Newly elected Sheriff Ed Holte said he was disappointed by the walkout.
``It’s just going to be extremely limited coverage until we can get replacements. We’re running one officer per 12-hour shift. That includes me,″ he said.