Steamboat Springs Two Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, with a combined 18 years of law enforcement experience, have moved up the ranks to become corporals.
Mark Mackey and Ryan Adrian recently were promoted to supervisor positions for the patrol division at the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said he decided to create the two corporal positions in an effort to increase supervision and guidance from superiors.
“There are a lot of times in a 24-hour period that we had deputies without any supervision,” Wiggins said. “I want to have a supervisor on duty as often as possible.”
When Wiggins took office, three sergeants supervised 12 deputies in the patrol division. When Sgt. Miles DeYoung left the department to take a position in Woodland Park, Wiggins chose not to hire a replacement sergeant. Instead, he took a patrol deputy and sergeant position and swapped them for two corporal positions that would rank between a sergeant and patrol deputy.
Wiggins said it is the first time he is aware of the Sheriff’s Office having the corporal position.
“Right now, we’re trying to come up with the best schedule that meets our needs as well as the community’s needs,” Wiggins said.
The two corporals each will be paid about $50,000 a year, Wiggins said.
They both said they are looking forward to the new challenges.
“I wanted to participate in promoting the positive changes that are coming down through the agency,” Mackey said.
Mackey has worked in law enforcement for nine years and has been at the Sheriff’s Office for four years.
Adrian has worked in law enforcement for nine years, as well, and has been at the Sheriff’s Office the past six years.
He said the corporal position was the next logical step in his career.
“The opportunity was there, and you never know unless you try,” Adrian said. “We have the expertise and the job knowledge to effectively perform the functions of corporal.”
Wiggins said six people — four from within the Sheriff’s Office — applied for the corporal positions.
Applicants were given a written and oral exam. Mackey and Adrian scored the highest and were offered the jobs, Wiggins said.
There also has been a change in the detentions unit at the Sheriff’s Office.
Soon after being sworn in during January, Wiggins and Undersheriff Ray Birch said they identified the need to have someone independent of the undersheriff overseeing the detentions unit.
None of the three detentions unit sergeants applied for the position, but three other people did.
Michelle Richardson, who was hired as a detentions deputy during former Sheriff Gary Wall’s administration, was chosen as the jail’s new lieutenant.
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