GOP candidates for sheriff step up campaigning


Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the date of the candidates debate. It is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Moonhill Schoolhouse.


Nick Bosick


Garrett Wiggins

If you go

What: Debate between candidates Nick Bosick and Garrett Wiggins

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Moonhill Schoolhouse on Routt County Road 129 in North Routt County

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On Facebook, both Republican Routt County sheriff candidates have fan pages. Visit the page for Garrett Wiggins and Nick Bosick.

The two will debate from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Moonhill Schoolhouse on Routt County Road 129 in North Routt County, and again Wednesday on Steamboat TV18.

Primary information

The Aug. 10 primary is an all-mail election. Registered Republican voters, even if they are marked inactive, will receive a ballot from the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. According to the Clerk and Recorder’s website, ballots will be mailed starting today.

Campaign signs are sprouting beside the roads in rural Routt County, right alongside the summer wildflowers. It’s campaign season again, and two Republicans are stepping up their efforts to win the primary for Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

Nick Bosick and Garrett Wiggins have started traveling across the county to meet voters and make their case about why their experience makes them better suited for the job. The winner of the Aug. 10 all-mail primary will face incumbent Democrat Gary Wall in the general election in November.

The first debate between the candidates, both employees of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Moonhill Schoolhouse on Routt County Road 129 in North Routt County, at a meeting organized by B.J. and Chuck Vale. The candidates will again meet Wednesday for a debate hosted by Steamboat TV18. That show will be broadcast later on the station and posted to

The timetable for the broadcast hasn’t been finalized.

Wiggins, the commander of the All Crimes Enforcement Team, and Bosick, detective with the Police Department, have similar experience, and in some cases, similar ideologies.

“Nick and I haven’t gotten together to talk about our philosophies, but I think our philosophies are probably pretty similar,” Wiggins said.

In separate interviews, the candidates said they would like to expand the reach of the Routt County Sheriff’s Office farther into the county, instead of focusing on Steamboat.

Bosick said he would like to see the deputies outside of Steamboat’s city limits more often because Steamboat has its own police force, and residents in other parts of the county are asking for more service.

“When their majority of time is spent within the city limits of Steamboat, that is not what they need to be doing,” he said.

Bosick said he would like to establish substations for deputies across the county where they would spend a certain percentage of their time. He said that by creating agreements with agencies such as the North Routt Fire Protection District and the town of Yampa, deputies could have remote offices with regular hours for residents to contact them.

“I think that’s going to serve the purpose a lot more than everybody res­­­­­­­­­ponding from Steam­boat and hanging out waiting for a call,” he said.

Wiggins said he, too, would like to reach out to the rural communities in Routt County.

“I think it’s vital we have an open line of communication with our community and we have some type of way to accept or talk about input … and any programs they want or any advice,” Wiggins said.

He said he would like to create a website that would allow for either signed or anonymous comments from the public for the Sheriff’s Office to review.


When asked about the major differences from their opponent, Wiggins and Bosick said their experience puts them in the lead.

“I have about 10 years more experience in law enforcement than he has, and I’ve worked in other areas of our nation” that have higher crime rates, Wiggins said.

Bosick asks voters to direct their questions to him.

“That is one of the probably biggest questions people ask me when I start talking to them, and for the most part, I try to respond to that by saying, ‘Sit down and talk with me and ask me what I’ve accomplished in my career and what my vision is for the Sheriff’s Office, and do the same with Garrett,” Bosick said. “Even though we both work for the same agency, there are a lot of differences in what we’ve accomplished and what we’ve done in our law enforcement careers.”

Bosick was a patrol sergeant with the Police Department, and he said he oversaw about eight officers during that time.

Wiggins said his current staff is small — he oversees a handful of officers with ACET — but when he was working as a manager with Swisher International, he oversaw a staff of 55 to 70 people. Swisher makes cigars and other tobacco products.

Winning support

Bosick petitioned his way on to the ballot after he failed to get the required number of votes at the Republican Assembly in April. Bosick said that even though he won just 12 percent of the votes at the assembly to Wiggins’ 72 percent, he thinks he can pick up people who might not be the core of the party.

“I do believe the Republican Party, the independents and a significant number of Democrats, are supporting me,” he said.

Although only Republicans can vote in the primary, Wiggins said he’s not expecting a landslide either.

“I think the primary is going to be a lot closer than that,” Wiggins said.


Blythe Terrell 6 years, 10 months ago

You're correct, lame. It's 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Moonhill Schoolhouse. We've updated the story to correct it and apologize for the error. Thanks for the clarification.

Blythe Terrell City Editor 970-871-4234


aichempty 6 years, 10 months ago

Nobody questions the ability of these two guys to run traffic patrols, answer wife beater calls and arrest Mexican drug traffickers.

This county is a wealthy place, and that brings on a whole new set of problems. The recent and current sheriff's department investigators lack any sort of knowledge or sophistication when it comes to economic and white collar crimes like Ponzi schemes, diversion of non-profit organization funds for personal gain, abuse of public office, and many other ways that rip off our friends and neighbors every day.

There are several individuals operating in this area who have obtained control of state-chartered boards and are using those positions for personal gain. Some of these issues have been brought to the attention of RCSO investigators who, due to no fault of their own, just don't "get it." They don't know how to read the laws to understand that using a lawsuit to compel someone to pay a debt that they do not legally owe is an economic crime. It is necessary to peel back the layers of the onion to understand what's going on, and nobody around here seems to be able to do it.

We need someone like a retired FBI agent who is also an attorney and has served as a prosecutor to handle these issues. Can Nick and Garrett read the instructions to figure out how to fill out an IRS 1040 form, or follow employers tax withholding rules, or pay quarterly estimated income tax. Most people can't, but those things are simple compared to some state laws. That's not anything against them, but when confronted with a complex issue they don't understand, the history of local investigators is to ignore them and move on to something that bleeds or has bruises. Those things are easier to understand.

I would challenge each of them to say how they would deal with the issue of white collar economic crime, because millions are being stolen or diverted to the benefit of private individuals who are using the power of the state to steal from their neighbors. It costs jobs, increases home prices, and -- guess what -- keeps cops from being able to afford a home in areas where there would be lots of land for sale at reasonable prices and put up a modular home if a few greedy individuals hadn't been allowed to do the things they've done in violation of Colorado state laws.

Sheriff Wall has done a very good job to make things better for property owners when it comes to issues like enforcement of laws against trespassing, enforcing laws on county-owned but privately maintained roads, etc. Unless Nick and Garrett can promise to continue those policies, and do more to combat complex economic crimes, nobody should consider voting for them.

Sheriff Warner's deputies declared far too many things, like trespassing, to be "a civil matter," when they were not. Sheriff Wall has corrected that problem, and directly made my life better as a result. I don't want to go back to the way it was before.


trump_suit 6 years, 10 months ago

Excellent commentary Aich. So many people fail to understand what the "Good ol' boy" network run by Sheriff Warner actually cost the citizens of Routt County. Even with his personal failings, Sheriff Wall has run a much improved department.

I would echo Aich's challenge to the candidates to address the issues that he has raised.

On a side note, I find it highly ironic that I come back from vaction and find myself in agreement with Aich and Seeuski. the world has truly turned upside down :)


tcb 6 years, 10 months ago

I've seen Bosick's comments in the paper about white collar crimes they investigate. Seems to me that he and the investigators at the Police Department have done a good job of investigating financial crimes. Bosick has even brought up education of the citizenry about identity theft during his campaign..wiggins has not.

Once again, though, I would challenge the assertions that Wall has run an "improved department". How much money has he wasted in starting another investigation of the Loggers Lane fiasco? And he claims it's not a political ploy? Please.

Bosick for Sheriff!!


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