Hayden's Ray Birch accepts Routt County undersheriff position

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Ray Birch recently was chosen as Hayden's new police chief.

— Routt County Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins has offered his undersheriff position to Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch, who said today that he'll accept the offer.

"I'm going to take that job as undersheriff," Birch said in a brief phone interview this morning.

Wiggins cited Birch's experience.

“Mr. Birch has a very impressive résumé in the law enforcement profession serving in numerous positions and has served his country throughout his entire adult life as a solder in the U.S. military,” Wiggins wrote in an e-mail to the Steamboat Pilot & Today on Monday night. “Mr. Birch will bring forth many years of experience and leadership capabilities to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.”

Wiggins is in Littleton training for his upcoming job and could not immediately be reached by telephone.

Birch has served in the Marine Corps and enlisted in the Air Force Reserves after Sept. 11, 2001. He since has served two tours of duty in Iraq, including a 191-day tour in 2008 and early 2009.

He was named Hayden’s chief of police in December 2006 after being selected by a committee of residents.

He has about three decades of law enforcement experience. He worked at the Pomona Police Department in Los Angeles County for 17 years before moving to Colorado. He worked at the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office and served as the 14th Judicial District’s chief investigator. After returning from Iraq in March 2005, Birch was hired as a sergeant with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

Birch ran for the Republican nomination for Routt County sheriff in 2006 but lost to Wiggins in the primary. Wiggins went on to lose to Sheriff Gary Wall, a Democrat.

Wiggins first offered the undersheriff job to former 14th Judicial District investigator Joe DeAngelo, who declined last week in favor of remaining in his current position as an investigator for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

Comments

ftpheide 3 years, 9 months ago

screamer, Your enjoyed your comment- It sounds like Mr.Birch is a good choice for undersheriff!

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ftpheide 3 years, 9 months ago

I'ts earily- That should read "I enjoyed your comment" Then again, he probably enjoyed his comment too!

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 9 months ago

I think I hear the sound of people drafting preliminary recall petitions.

Birch? Did the voters really vote to have GRAMNET reestablished as the top of the Sheriff's dept? The Hayden police dept under Birch considered kids playing with soda pop bottles to be a major crime. These guys when working for GRAMNET were so accountable that Grand County withdrew from it.

Seriously, Wiggins cannot find one competent administrator at either the Sheriff's dept or SB city police and has to name the most controversial law enforcement person in the region?

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bigfatdog 3 years, 9 months ago

this office needs administration and business skills....all we are going to have are more door bustin meat heads. miss him yet?

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ftpheide 3 years, 9 months ago

Good job Garrett- Good choice! Who are you planning on recalling Scott? Seems like just yesterday you were going to recall the city council. Remember that? How did that work out for ya? Dog - No one will ever miss Wall because he never did anything. I take that back- He illegally entered citizens homes, drove drunk and wasted taxpayers money.

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weststmbtres 3 years, 9 months ago

Going through the process of getting the BOCC to raise the undersheriffs pay just to have the job offer rejected isn't a waste of taxpayers dollars. Hmm???

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 9 months ago

Ftpheide, If you want to see a record of violating people's rights, busting into people's houses to find nothing and then afterward being unable to find and return what had no value as evidence then review the history of GRAMNET. Should we start a poll on the dumbest GRAMNET bust?

1) Busting registered MMJ patient Don Nord, whom was obviously not healthy at the time? 2) Walking around the String Cheese concert trying to find some mj possession or usage cases? 3) The infamous gondola mj busts?

I believe GRAMNET lost the support of Grand County after busting a grandmother for mj brownies.

What you didn't like about Gary's job performance is what GRAMNET made into their specialty.

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Matt Helm 3 years, 9 months ago

Let them start before you start talking smack! You guys crack me up... you really shouldn't be worried about anything unless you are breaking the law. I find that all the people that whine and cry about their civil rights are the ones that are trying to find ways to get around the law, but get upset when they get caught. We live in a pretty amazing place, but things aren't like they used to be... most of us have to lock our doors now. I miss not having a key to my place, but those days are gone. Law enforcement should not be taken lightly... even in a place as "safe" as our community.

Atleast they will show up to work!!!

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Tommie Belz 3 years, 9 months ago

@bigfatdog...do you think being Sheriff or Under Sheriff doesn't involve admin skills? You can't fart without having to log it somewhere! Have you ever read an arrest warrant, DUI report, sexual assault report. Those don't just fall out of the sky? They will make a rounded TEAM. I'm sure they both bring skills that the Sheriff's Office hasn't seen in years.

Thank you hydro. Let them get in there and do the job before you start ball busting! Or, are you worried you'll have to get a life because there won't be enough to blog about?!

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