Omar M. Campbell: Merge 2 departments


Kudos to Harry Thompson for his insightful letter in last Sunday’s Steamboat Pilot & Today. What a wonderful suggestion (merging the Steamboat Springs Police Department with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office) — wish I had thought of it myself.

His analysis of the cost savings and the probable reactions of the Steamboat Springs City Council, city manager and probably the Steamboat Springs Police Department is accurate and thoughtful.

Let us citizens put the heat on City Council to adopt the merger concept. If they refuse, most of us remember the remedy from the 700 LLC annexation affair where the citizens and the community won.

Omar M. Campbell

Steamboat Springs


Scott Wedel 3 years, 7 months ago

So, who is supposed to be in charge of a merged police department?


John St Pierre 3 years, 7 months ago

Absolutely a great concept !!!!!! But Scott therein lies the real obstacle.... we have how many Fire Chiefs at present in Routt county???? and why>>>when there is a fire they all come why not one chief and one dept. How many Police chiefs at present in Routt County???? When there is a incident you always see several different law enforcement respond.... again why so many chiefs they all come already....... But the major question..... who is going to give up their titles and perks????

It will take an overwhelming vote of the people via a ballot to force any of these entities to merge.... and even then there will be attempts to override that.... so great concept... but good luck getting it done....

Maybe a ballot question should be initiated!!!!


mark hartless 3 years, 7 months ago

Because people like being "chiefs" rather than "indians".


jerry carlton 3 years, 7 months ago

More money in being a chief than an indian. I once rose to the level of sub-chief in a job. I did it a couple of years and told my chief I was ready to go back to being an indian. Took the pay cut and had a lot less headaches. I hope the politically correct police are not reading this. We might be in trouble. At least we are not talking about the Washington Redskins.


Scott Wedel 3 years, 7 months ago

The problem is not chiefs protecting power, but lines of responsibility. If there were one department then the city is in a position of giving millions to the sheriff's dept and then hope that the City's priorities in law enforcement are met. So how would the city monitor the policing they get in return for the millions they would be giving the Sheriff's dept?

Those that think that combining law enforcement would be a good idea would also presumably say that combining road and bridge would be a good idea. And that generally combining SB and county government would be a good idea to gain efficiencies. Heck, if merging government is believed to be so efficient then might as well have SB annex the entire county, absorb the towns of Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa, and merge the city and county governments entirely.


Fred Duckels 3 years, 7 months ago

This would be a common sense move but since when has government ever used such an idea.


mark bond 3 years, 7 months ago

Scott, you respond as though this has never been done?! It has been done in numerous communities across the country very successfully and efficiently. It would be a Steamboat/Routt Unified Department and would be run by representatives of both. Not rocket science at all.


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