Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Steamboat Springs Routt County Undersheriff David Bustos received his Peace Officer Standards and Training certification in March, increasing his pay to about $68,000 a year.
Sheriff Gary Wall said Bustos finished his POST certification in Rangely, successfully completing a two-week training course and a series of tests.
As a result of receiving the certification, Bustos' salary increased from the county's pay scale Step 1 to Step 3, a jump of about $4,000 a year.
Wall said he is looking at his options to obtain his own POST certification in May, and added that receiving the certification is a priority.
"I'm not pooh-poohing the certification. I'm not," Wall said. "The last four months I have had a lot of administrative duties that took priority. It's getting higher on my agenda."
Wall has a year from his swearing-in as Sheriff to obtain the POST certification, and could apply for another year extension if he wanted to.
In addition, the Sheriff's Office has undergone some staffing changes, which have included several hirings and a departure.
On the patrol side, deputies Lance Eldridge, Mark Mackey and Paul Yonekawa have been hired. Seth Merrick, who was working for the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, was promoted to sergeant upon his departure from the drug task force. Merrick replaced former Sgt. Dan Kelliher.
Michael Curzon, who was a former patrol deputy with the Sheriff's Office, was hired as an investigator, replacing Rachelle Redmond.
One new employee has been added to the detention side of the Sheriff's Office, Daniel Ossen.
Administratively, former civil deputy Elise Bennett has left the Sheriff's Office. Tammy Shupp, who worked as the Sheriff's Office's records manager, has filled the civil deputy position.
Wall hired Michelle Kuntz as his administrative assistant. Kuntz was employed as an assistant in the District Attorney's Office for six years.
Investigator Ken Klinger has been named the Sheriff's Office public information officer.
Wall said staffing levels are almost complete, and that he likely will have one remaining patrol deputy spot and the records manager position filled by the end of the week.
"We're doing great," he said. "At this point - and it hasn't even been four months yet - I couldn't be happier. I feel good about it."