Birch, Bosick deny sheriff’s run
Hayden police chief, Steamboat detective not interested in job
March 12, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Two rumored candidates for Routt County sheriff have denied their intention to run, and no new affidavits have been filed in preparation for the November election.
Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch, who ran in the 2006 election, and Steamboat Springs police Detective Nick Bosick have said they do not intend to run. A fan page on the social networking Web site Facebook is encouraging Bosick to run, but he said Thursday that he has no intention of filing.
Both men said they were happy in their current positions and did not want to run for sheriff.
Republican candidate Garrett Wiggins, All Crimes Enforcement Team commander, also is looking into the legality of his run for sheriff based on the Hatch Act, an act that prohibits federal employees from running for partisan elected office.
Wiggins said Thursday that he has had several talks with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, an agency that oversees the Hatch Act, to determine whether his campaign can continue because ACET receives some federal funding passed through local agencies.
The 1939 Hatch Act was enacted to prevent federal employees from taking part in partisan political activity, for the purpose of ensuring that government institutions function fairly.
The Hatch Act has been interpreted to prevent federal employees from running for partisan office in most cases.
According to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency that oversees the Hatch Act, "The Hatch Act restricts the political activity of individuals principally employed by state or local executive agencies and who work in connection with programs financed in whole or in part by federal loans or grants."
Wiggins likely will be running against David Smith Jr. in the Republican primary, and the winner will face incumbent Gary Wall, a Democrat, in the general election.