Updated October 31, 2006 at 6:48 a.m.
My desire to become the next sheriff of Routt County is deeply rooted in my personal history, as I am a third generation law enforcement officer from the Wiggins family.
My wife and I have lived in Routt County for almost eight years and both of our sons were born in Steamboat Springs. Melinda and I both agree that we can't think of any other place we would rather raise our children.
Routt County is a pristine place to call home. As a resident of Routt County, I feel that it is time to bring back a positive working relationship between law enforcement and the community. I am devoted to ensuring that all the residents of this county can rely upon their local law enforcement officers to act in the utmost professional, considerate and honest manner while protecting our community, citizens, land and most important resource - our children.
I believe it is paramount for the Routt County sheriff to apply himself to the theory of leading positively by example. I believe that I possess the qualities necessary to perform the position of sheriff. I want the people of Routt County to know they can depend upon positive experiences with law enforcement deputies. I will bring respect and confidence to the office of Routt County sheriff.
When I became a law enforcement officer I took an oath to serve and protect the innocent and law abiding against the guilty and lawless. I remain steadfast to that oath. Many people just like myself, wear the uniform that stands for honor and integrity and without hesitation we place ourselves in harm's way to protect the innocent.
As the next sheriff of Routt County, I will work diligently to protect and preserve the way of life that we cherish so much. My staff and I will work hard to protect you, your family, your private property and your civil rights to the fullest extent of the law.
If elected, I will implement programs that will retain well-trained, experienced, and professional employees who will provide quality law enforcement services to our citizens.
We will add a reserve program from qualified, P.O.S.T certified individuals from within our county that will benefit the community and our staff in numerous ways.
If elected, I will make it a priority to enhance the relationship between law enforcement personnel and the community so that proactive community policing programs such as the Neighborhood Watch can be put into action throughout the county.
I will work tirelessly with our local schools and community leaders to establish programs that will educate our children on the extreme dangers of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse. Through combining resources, I will exhaust every effort to assist our school administrators in making absolutely sure our schools are a safe and secure learning environment for all our children.
With Rochelle Redmond as my undersheriff, I believe we will be able to ensure the citizens of Routt County are provided paragon law enforcement in all aspects of protection and service.
I am Garrett Wiggins and I am asking every citizen of Routt County, regardless of your political affiliation, to join a winning team and let us work together to lead the Routt County Sheriffs Office into a new and positive direction.
I thank you for your support and your vote on Nov. 7, 2006.
Garrett Wiggins is the Republican nominee for Routt County sheriff.