The election cycle is clearly upon us, and so far I’ve really enjoyed getting out into the community, meeting with all of you and hearing your thoughts and concerns regarding the race for the office of Ouray Sheriff. It has come to my attention that a rumor is being circulated that I feel compelled to address publicly. Those who know me, know me to be a direct person, and a person who does not shy away from the truth, nor hide behind any false pretenses. Apparently people have been told that I was forced to leave my job with the Colorado State Patrol, or that I was fired for some sort of bad behavior in that position. This rumor is insulting, and it is absolutely false.
I served as a Trooper with the Colorado State Patrol for nearly a decade, and took great pride in my work with that organization. My decision to leave the patrol in 2005 was a very difficult one, and one that I made for myself, not because I was forced to. I had been working in either the military or law enforcement since I was 18 years old, and was anxious for the opportunity to go back to school (which I did), and to experience life as a civilian. I left the patrol with high marks, and was able to utilize that positive work record and recommendation to gain employment as an International Police Advisor for the U.S. State Department in Iraq this past year. I underwent an extensive background investigation and psychological evaluation as part of that hiring process, and it was my excellent record at the State Patrol that strongly contributed to my being hired with the Department of State. Had my professional record been in any way blemished, I would not have been eligible for employment.
When I came home on leave in April, I shook my opponent’s hand, and we promised each other we would run clean campaigns, focused on the issues. I will continue to honor that pledge. I encourage the voters of Ouray County not to be swayed by smear campaigns or scare tactics, and to demand to hear about the issues, and the current administration’s 10-year record. This race is about service and professionalism. I am proud of my professional background, and have nothing to hide. Before you vote this fall, I hope you will take a few minutes to read my information, meet with me, or attend the forums and debates that are coming up. I hope that you will make your choice based on an evaluation of what the level and type of law enforcement service has been, and what you would like it to be in the future. I will continue to work hard for your vote.
– Steve Albritton, Candidate for Ouray County Sheriff