SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – On Monday, San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters will seek re-election as San Miguel County sheriff in November.
“I have enjoyed the challenges over the years of being sheriff of this diverse county,” Masters said in a statement this week. “I am still in excellent health, and continue to keep my qualifications up to date. Although I believe I have a great record, I will once again pledge to the citizens and visitors of our county to be available, approachable and committed to excellence in my office. Your support is appreciated.”
Masters moved to Telluride in 1974, after graduating from Northern Arizona University with a bachelors degree in criminal justice and serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1975 he was appointed deputy marshal for the Town of Telluride in what was then a two-man office. In 1976 he was appointed Telluride marshal, serving in that capacity until his appointment, in 1979, as undersheriff of San Miguel County. He was appointed sheriff the next year by the board of County Commissioners when then-Sheriff Fred Ellerd left office to become a county commissioner. He has served nine terms in office.
Masters is a graduate of the Colorado State Law Enforcement Academy (where he was first in his class), the National Sheriffs Institute and the FBI Command College. He is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician. Masters and his wife, Jill, live in Telluride and have four grown children, all of whom attended the Telluride public schools.