Wall aims for 24-hour service

Sheriff requests additional deputy, animal control officer

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Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall aims to offer 24-hour coverage in the county, and has presented a request to the Routt County Board of Commissioners for an additional patrol deputy and animal control officer in order to meet that goal.

— Sheriff Gary Wall is a man on a mission.

Wall has spent his first months in office modifying the shifts worked by his deputies in an effort to provide around-the-clock service. But Wall said 24-hour coverage won't be possible unless he can add another patrol deputy and an animal control officer to his staff.

Wall, Undersheriff David Bustos, Sgt. Miles DeYoung and Dep. Kurtis Luster presented the request to the Routt County Board of Commissioners during a Tuesday work session.

"We initially had asked for three (patrol) deputies, but after we restructured, we think we can accomplish what we're trying to do with just two more positions," Wall said.

The Sheriff's Office currently provides no coverage from 3 to 7 a.m. Wall said another patrol deputy would not only help fill that gap, but also would help with increased calls for service.

Wall's department employs one lieutenant, two sergeants, two investigators, 11 deputies and one animal control officer for patrol work. Additionally, there are 23 detention deputies, including three sergeants, who work at the Routt County Jail.

Adding another animal control officer is long overdue, he said.

"We've had one person for 19 years," he said. "The county has certainly gotten larger and there are more subdivisions having more and more animal problems. We need someone seven days a week."

Animal Safety Officer Cindy Del Valle estimates she patrols more than 300 subdivisions and has handled, on average, 25 percent more calls this year than she did in 2005 and 2006. Steamboat Springs also employs animal control officers.

"She's way overworked," Wall said.

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said the Board has been sifting through similar staffing requests from nearly every department in the county.

Adding personnel to departments is a struggle because it's a recurring expense, she said.

"We look really hard at what we approve because it isn't a one-time cost to the county," she said. "At the same token, we realize we need to provide a certain level of service to our citizens. It's a struggle we have."

Handling an ever-increasing number of budget requests is part of the job, she said.

"It is indicative of what happens with a county that is growing and a world that has more and more requirements and needs," she said.

"We are meeting in work session with any department manager who is requesting additional employees for the 2008 budget, which allows us to ask questions and gives them an opportunity to talk to us," Stahoviak said.

Wall said he understands that he isn't the only department head asking for more people.

"Most departments are asking for more people," he said. "It's something the county will have to sort through."

After hiring two new patrol deputies, including Luster and former detention Dep. T.J. Sisto, Wall said he is "optimistic" about filling a remaining patrol position by early next week.

"This will be the first time in a long time that the Sheriff's Office will be fully staffed," he said.

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housepoor 6 years, 8 months ago

The silence is deafening, I guess the usual Wall bashers feel this is a good idea?

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dundalk 6 years, 8 months ago

No...I think we're just to a breaking point and nothing the man does amazes us anymore. After he is done milking the coffers, our law enforcement will be down to fake brass badges, and carrying sticks. Say a prayer for our devoted cops.

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CoJustice 6 years, 8 months ago

Refer back to my previous post "hang on tight to your budgets". As noted to other county departments.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 8 months ago

If they have a 4hr shift to cover each night (28hrs), why not hire 1 person who can then take up 5 4hr shifts there and then go into 4hr split shift as Animal Control to round out a 40hr work week, then divide up the rest to equally split amongst the rest?

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dundalk 6 years, 8 months ago

This would appear to be the logical way to get things done, Matt. But you know, as I do, that some of the leadership in the Sheriff's Dept is lacking and below par. Hell, the main man, Wall, can't even manage to get through a sentence, comment or encounter without some form of "we're looking into it." Now he has an attorney, paid for by ???, and he's still spinning his wheels no where fact.

Have an nice weekend. Slowed down yet?

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 8 months ago

It has slowed a bit. Been nice. I've also upgraded to a nice, big 42" HDTV that I had to buy outside of Steamboat. (more tax revenue out of the valley) Now, I just have to figure out the way I'm going to have to rehang speakers. Somebody wanted to rearrange things in a manner that doesn't work well for what that person wants. sigh But the picture is great!!!

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id04sp 6 years, 8 months ago

I only wonder why the animal control officer has not been replaced also. It must be really hard to find somebody who wants that job.

I think Sheriff Wall must have uncovered a lot of dirt in his private work and couldn't get anybody to prosecute the perpetrators. Restaffing his agency might have been a necessary step in getting ready to do the job himself.

Personally, I can hardly wait.

Or, maybe it's just a matter of getting people who will actually obey the laws they've been sworn to enforce. (Read that one again carefully).

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cantstanya 6 years, 8 months ago

I guess I don't get it, why is Wall going to the commissioners-now- when he says he writes his owns policies and procedures-why not just go ahead and hire who/what you want?????

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fish 6 years, 8 months ago

Dundalk, how is the recall coming. We haven't heard much from you on this lately. I can't understand why we have not heard anything about it in the pilot because on all the previous recall's in routt county the clerk reports that even the paperwork has been picked up at her office. Have you gotten the wording for your petitions appoved yet. Just wondering what is taking so long since we heard you rage about a recall for 6-months and now your silent about it. What's up? Are you still leading the charge for the recall?

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id04sp 6 years, 8 months ago

Dundalk,

The current animal control officer released two vicious dogs to a friend (an AMWAY associate) living in Steamboat II back in 96 or 97. The friend allowed the dogs to run free in the morning to crap in everybody else's yard. A woman was attacked by those dogs one morning while jogging and only avoided more serious injury because the neighbors heard her screaming and ran out to help. The victim was seriously bitten on the legs and back, and had permanent nerve damage in a leg as a result of a puncture wound from the dog's front fangs.

The dogs had been declared vicious when they were picked up by animal control.

The custodian of the dogs pled guilty to some charge related to harboring or allowing dangerous animals to run free. I don't know what happened beyond that.

Seems to me that the animal control officer involved in this incident should have been fired by Sheriff Warner when it happened. Now I know why she wasn't. She's the spouse of a "brother in blue."

Thank you, Dundalk, for demonstrating to the forum what constitutes an EXCELLENT officer to the who share your point of view.

As I posted above, we need people who will obey the laws they have sworn to enforce. The former RCSO staff allowed law-breakers to go unpunished, and covered up for incompetence and negligence in their ranks. Your attempts to spin everything against Gary Wall are now catching up with you as details of Warner's "leadership" come out.

I wonder how you'd feel if it was YOU, or your husband, or one of your kids who had been minding their own business on a peacful morning and been attacked by known-vicious dogs released by the EXCELLENT officer Del Valle into a family neighborhood?

Pilot staff, please check back in your records and verify this before you delete it. The public has a right to know what kind of people are supposedly "protecting" them. A link to the archived story in the Pilot would be very informative.

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dundalk 6 years, 8 months ago

I stand by my comment about Officer DeValle as the animal control person. She is good at her job, and the county is lucky to have her.

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id04sp 6 years, 8 months ago

When you start talking about money spent on lawyers, why not go back and find out how much was involved in settling the lawsuit from the incident I described.

Hey, somebody check to see if the deputy in question has AMWAY products in her vehicle, or if anybody knows of any case where she ever transported or delivered such products in her vehicle.

Lucky to have her? There's probably some reason the County cannot get rid of her. Maybe she's holding a trump card.

So, maybe she has done a "good job" for the past ten years. If so, good enough, I guess. Everybody deserves a second chance at some level. I'm just sick to death of your mindless support of LE officers who didn't do their jobs and put citizens in peril. Wall's changes are good, and are warranted, and at least he's doing SOMETHING whereas his predecessors in the front office didn't do a thing unless it fit their own agendas, regardless of the law, or what was right and wrong.

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CoJustice 6 years, 8 months ago

Id: I am a little confused with your posts. It appears your on both sides of the fence, I quote "or, maybe its just a matter of getting people who will actually obey the laws they've been sworn to enforce. (Read that one again carefully)."

Your basically accusing law enforcement of being corrupt. You now state, "I'm just sick to death of your mindless support of LE officers who didn't do their jobs and put citizens in peril."

Lets review, when law enforcement officers tried to do their jobs, made arrests for crimes against the community, DUI's, drugs, etc, Citizens with the most money, and the most to loose, would hire a private investigator to concoct any reasonable doubt regardless how ridiculous it was for the right price, create panic, hold town meetings.

This is now the man you claim all the sudden is going to do the right thing?

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dundalk 6 years, 8 months ago

Excellent point CoJustice. Yes, ID, that's right...the new POSTLESS sheriff would conduct shady dealings in the trumped "investigations" against our police officers. When asked, by me, at the Ag Alliance debate last fall what Wall was going to do to earn back the respect of the very officers he had been maligning, his response was" I'll look into...yada,yada,yada".

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id04sp 6 years, 8 months ago

Well, COJustice, here's my rebuttal.

If the officers involved in all those cases Wall looked into didn't do anything wrong, what did he come up with to discredit them? Are you telling me he just made stuff up and was allowed to testify in court with no proof? Did he lie and get away with it? If so, then guess what, it was PERJURY and it only proves my point. He's not sitting in jail for perjury right now, is he?

I am on the side of law enforcement officers enforcing the law, period. I know first and second-hand about actual injuries, both physical and financial, which befell myself and others due to LE incompetence or lack of doing their sworn duty under Warner.

Gary Wall may not be any better, but he's different, and that leaves room for things to change. Whether it's for the better or worse is something we'll find out as we go along.

Dundalk,

Shady? Were they illegal? Can you prove it? If so, then why didn't your hubby and the others arrest him. If not, then "shady" just means "we don't like it" and I wonder what you've got to hide?

As for "earning back the respect of the officers" he maligned, well, uh, hasn't he pretty much gotten rid of them? Seems like that solves the problem.

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dundalk 6 years, 8 months ago

Know: To coin an ever growing phrase, "He'll look into it."

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CoJustice 6 years, 8 months ago

As you remember, officers did not do anything wrong either, as noted Gary is a paid performer . . . . .an expert witness to events he has never been present at, speaks of things he knows not . . . . . but tried to discredit officers for a price, you know: on-demand compensated presentation.

To answer your question "He's not sitting in jail for perjury right now, is he?":.., he was not the one on trial, however I predict Gary will get his day in court, he will be involved in some kind of high profile case, and then he will be the one to answer for his character.

In response to "As for earning back the respect of the officers he maligned, well, uh, hasn't he pretty much gotten rid of them?"::I suppose that's Gary's only problem solving skills, he must be terribly burden with his conscious, campaign promises and favors owed :.I don't know how he lives with himself.

I hope you find some peace with your wrongful situation.

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CoJustice 6 years, 8 months ago

id: As accredited by Martin Luther King: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

What do you think Walls legacy will be? What will he will be remembered for?
How about Walls association with JD, What will JD be remembered for? I think we all know the answer to these questions:. the measure of a man.

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seabirth 6 years, 8 months ago

while this has certainly moved away from the point of the original article, i think 24 hr service is a good thing.

everybody states that the county is growing, and along with the growth outside of the steamboat and hayden city limits comes the need for more services, and i personally think law enforcement is one of the most important services for county residents. i think it is nice that the sheriff is trying to get this in place before a huge incident happens between 3-7 am (and then the anti-wallers will be calling for his head for not having 24 hr service).

i recall some posts from the lead anti-waller praising the city's decision to increase their police staffing levels... but that must not ring true for the county.

of course, if wiggins had won and was trying to increase staffing levels to ensure 24 hour service, i'm sure those calling for gary's head would be praising wiggins.

fyi, i'm not a gary wall fan. i think his ego gets in the way of decision making, but compared to the past administration gary wall and dave bustos are far better.

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dundalk 6 years, 8 months ago

Sea:

It is my opinion that it's not the issue of Wall asking for 24 hr service, but rather his actions overall as an unqualified sheriff. FYI, Wall's request for 24hr service is not beholden to him: Warner wanted this as well.

Given that some of Wall's hiring processes might be "questionable", the hiring of new deputies should be handled with caution, and with trepidation.

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CoJustice 6 years, 8 months ago

Seabirth: thank you......Regrettably this is the standard we settled for . . . . . . . Crimes are so soficasicated now and present complex new challenges. Identify theft, computer crimes, and bank fraud. We have a sheriff that has been out of law enforcement for over 30 years. If these types of crimes were used against you to purchase drugs:. who are you going to call:Certainly not the sophisticated drug enforcement team, were not part of that team anylonger.

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id04sp 6 years, 8 months ago

Wall is not an "unqualified sheriff." He's just not certified yet, and doesn't have to be.

Let me tell you what I don't see; I don't see people writing on this forum about problems they are having with the new RCSO except for those who complain because Wall won the election. Who has been harmed because a call was not answered? Who can point to LE misconduct and show that an injury occurred?

Bustos dented a fender in Utah. One of Warner's deputies didn't do the paperwork and send it to court, and a felon went free.

Who would you rather be? The guy in Utah, or the victim of the felon? I'll bet the guy in Utah isn't waiting for Bustos to come back and dent his fender again, huh?

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dundalk 6 years, 8 months ago

Id:

You need to spend some more time in the produce section of your local market. It is apparent you don't know the difference between apples and oranges, as your last post indicates you are attempting to compare them.

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id04sp 6 years, 8 months ago

Dundalk,

Both are real events. If Bustos' fender bender is the worst thing a member of the RCSO does and gets away with, it will be a significant improvement over the former department under Warner and Taylor.

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innovated 6 years, 8 months ago

Florence Nightingale...Ann, you are beating a dead horse. Please move on. You appear ridiculous and always an expert on everything. Gary Wall deserves time to straighten out everything he can...if your candidate would of won, he would of been facing the same challenges. Your behavior has to be embarrassing your husband. Why not divert your attention to some good positive things that you would be remembered over rather than all the opinionated jabs at someone that you have hardly given a chance. You are continually on trial to prove that your opinions and actions are correct. Being wrong is unthinkable and you will go to any length to demonstrate your rightness. This...is distorted thinking.

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dundalk 6 years, 7 months ago

Maybe the wayward detention deputy was part of Wall's plan for 24 hour service. Just what kind of service is Wall after?

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id04sp 6 years, 7 months ago

Stmbtprof,

Michael Vick is going to jail for providing a facility where vicious dogs were allowed to bite each other.

Now you tell me. Eleven years from now, is there anything Michael Vick will have been able to do in the meantime that will make up for the dog fights?

Maybe if a member of your family was bitten by vicious dogs released from the pound by a RCSO deputy, and then could never go for a walk again for fear of being attacked, you'd see things differently. Irrational fear? Of course. That's what post-traumatic stress syndrome is all about.

The dogs involved in this incident should have been euthanized. They were taken into custody after the owners were involved in a traffic accident, and the dogs posed a threat to the law enforcement officers who responded.

The release was careless, negligent, and irresponsible to the members of the community. The officer should have been terminated when it happened. The fact this was not done is part of Sheriff Warner's legacy.

When the people who are sworn to serve and protect refuse to act in defense of the citizens, where does a citizen turn for help?

That's right, friend. Nowhere.

We'll see if Sheriff Wall cares about people or not. I'm afraid he does. He may care more about the people than he does his deputies.

Now, wouldn't that be a nice change?

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stmbtprof 6 years, 7 months ago

cindy de valle gives more than her time and energy than anyone i have ever met. She is a fabulous animal control office and needsthe help. If you even question her work, ethics or intelligence, you have never been to any animal fundraisers called about animal abuse, or cared about a lost animal...She really is a saint and needs help... i am horrified that anyone would have the ignorance to say anything against her. She is terrific and Routt county is very lucky to have her...obvious if you knew her or new anything about animals that this negative comment is totally biased and written in ignorance of entire situation.

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id04sp 6 years, 7 months ago

^5 musknosumpin.

See, I keep TELLING people that I'm not the only one who sees this stuff. The difference is that, now, the sheriff might actually do something when people complain. It's going to take a while for the cultural shift to be completed so that people will actually take the time to report crimes and LE misconduct since there is, literally, a NEW sheriff in town.

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stmbtprof 6 years, 7 months ago

All ofCindy's animals were and are well cared for this is a case of absolute gossip and in case of dogs exageration as i know dogs and people involved and absolutely NOT VALID

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id04sp 6 years, 7 months ago

Stmbtprof,

I saw the wounds. I saw the torn clothing. I spoke to witnesses who heard the screaming and saw the attack in progress. I saw the victim while she was still bleeding. I was in court when the hearing on the case was conducted in Judge Garrect's courtroom.

There's sworn testimony from the criminal case against the person who was keeping the dogs on file if you want to go digging for it. She was in the shower when the attack occurred. She let the dogs out to run free before getting into the shower and claimed that she never heard the screaming because of the noise from the shower. She was a personal friend of Officer Del Valle, an AMWAY associate, and one who claimed to "rescue" unwanted dogs from the pound.

The dogs were put into the pound because they were a danger to strangers (LE officers who responded to a traffic accident and discovered the dogs, which had been riding in the accident vehicle). The victim was also a stranger to the dogs, and was innocently jogging down the street in Steamboat II when the attack occurred.

Somebody is feeding you a line of BS, prof. Don't believe it. The truth is public record, and you can go look it up.

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