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Employee of the Month:


   December 2013

Deputy John Watts

Name: Deputy John Watts


Current Assignment: Crime Reduction Unit


What do you like best about your job?
The constant challenge and variation in the types of cases we work. Also, working with a great group of individuals and the team mentality.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Spending time with friends and family, ATV riding, and working on cars.


A favorite notable quote:
“Don't be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone.”



   October 2013

Sergeant Lori Harrell

Name: Sergeant Lori Harrell


Current Assignment: Patrol, Midnight Shift


What do you like best about your job?
I look forward to the challenges eash day brings. You never know what's going to happen. I enjoy the people I work with and the feelings of accomplishment when we get to help the members of our community.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I've been riding and showing horses since I was a kid. I also love playing volleyball. My favorite things to do these days involve my son; playing sports with him, goofing off, traveling, and completing our sports "bucket list." I also love going to Denver Nugget games.


A favorite notable quote:
“When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”
- Ronald Reagan



   July 2013

Sergeant Darren O'Driscoll

Name: Sergeant Darren O'Driscoll


Current Assignment: Training Section


What do you like best about your job?
I most enjoy the interaction with sworn and civilian members of the Office. I used to feel like I knew a very small number of the people here. That has changed dramatically since I started in Training.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I enjoy watching, playing, and coaching softball. I also like to ride my mountain bike and do anything else outdoors in the summer months (not a cold weather fan).


A favorite notable quote:
“Time to go home.”
- Lieutenant John Brandt



   June 2013

Sergeant Shane Mitchell

Name: Sergeant Robert “Shane” Mitchell


Current Assignment: Patrol Division


What do you like best about your job?
The diversity of the environment I work in from day to day.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Anything to do with the outdoors.


A favorite notable quote:
“In seeking wisdom, the first stage is silence, the second listening, the third remembrance, the fourth practicing, the fifth teaching.”
- Solomon Gabirol



   May 2013

Autumn Speck

Name: Autumn Speck


Current Assignment: Emergency Services Dispatcher I


What do you like best about your job?
I love that my job is different every day. It's exciting and knowing that we help people is very rewarding.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I have 4 amazing children! My daughter, Alycia, is 16. I also have 3 sons; Joey, 11, Julien, 7, and Jayce, 5. They are all active in sports which keeps me busy. I enjoy reading and watching movies in my spare time.


A favorite notable quote:
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
- Earl Nightengale



   March 2013

Deputy Jennifer Knutson

Name: Deputy Jennifer Knutson


Current Assignment: Intake and Release/Special Response Team (SRT)


What do you like best about your job?
The growth and knowledge I gain each day with the challenges I'm faced with as a Deputy, as well as a person. I'm truly blessed to be surrounded by people who encourage me to perform at my best and inspire me to be a better person. I'm also very proud and honored to serve with such an elite group of individuals on the Special Response Team (SRT).


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I enjoy working out, playing in the mountains, riding my motorcycles, and quality time with the people that matter most in my life.


A favorite notable quote:
“To avoid criticism: say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
- Aristotle



   February 2013

Rick Dietz

Name: Rick Dietz


Current Assignment: Human Resource Technician


What do you like best about your job?
The opportunities provided to the new EPSO employees as well as taking care of our own.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
My wife and my son.


A favorite notable quote:
“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.“



   January 2013

Linda Simmons

Name: Linda Simmons


Current Assignment: Emergency Services Dispatcher


What do you like best about your job?
In dispatch, there is something new everyday. I love 911 education and working with children. They are little sponges and eager to learn.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I grow lots of houseplants and recently have started orchids.


A favorite notable quote:
“I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and help them find their way.“



   Decemeber 2012

Alice Kuhns

Name: Alice Kuhns


Current Assignment: Records Technician


What do you like best about your job?
The best things about my job are the people I work with and the fact that no two days are alike.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Scrapbooking with my four grandchildren. I have just a few photographs.


A favorite notable quote:
“Don't sweat the small stuff.” Life's too short.



   November 2012

Deputy John Holloway

Name: Deputy John Holloway


Current Assignment: Detentions at the Criminal Justice Center


What do you like best about your job?
No single day is ever the same. I also like and enjoy the challenges I face each day.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Being outdoors, fishing, and yard work. I like to always stay busy. Being with family and enjoying the grand kids.


A favorite notable quote:
“Live life like it will be your last day.”



   October 2012

Connie M. Bryan

Name: Connie M. Bryan


Current Assignment: Victim Assistance Program


What do you like best about your job?
The people I work with in the Sheriff's Office. The victims that we help and letting them know that we are there for them 24/7. Getting that hug when it's all done.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Spending time with my kids and grandchildren. Bingo, watching Nascar races, football, and old western movies.


A favorite notable quote:
“Well done is better than well said.”
- Benjamin Franklin



   September 2012

Mikel Baker

Name: Mikel Baker


Current Assignment: Crime Prevention Coordinator and Sheriff’s Citizens Patrol Coordinator


What do you like best about your job?
I love the opportunity to educate the public on personal safety, home safety, and other safety concerns within our community in hopes that we are able to prevent crime. I enjoy working with the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol Volunteers; they are a wonderful and dedicated group of individuals. It is a great honor to work with people who want to volunteer their time, efforts, and have a true love and dedication to not only help their community, but also the Sheriff’s Office.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I enjoy any activity where I can spend time with my amazing husband and two wonderful children whether it is walking our dog or running back and forth from my kid’s events.


A favorite notable quote:
“Positive thinking isn't about expecting the best to happen every time, but accepting that whatever happens is the best for this moment.“



   August 2012

Brian Douthit

Name: Brian Douthit


Current Assignment: Victim Assistance Program


What do you like best about your job?
I have the best job in the Sheriff’s Office and the people I work with make it that way!


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Starting, stopping, finishing, and resuming any number of home and garden projects.


A favorite notable quote:
“Quote me as saying I was misquoted.”
- Groucho Marx



   July 2012

Detective Tammy Gugliotta

Name: Detective Tammy Gugliotta


Current Assignment: Investigations - Detective


What do you like best about your job?
Helping victims. I feel I am their voice when they are not heard or do not have the strength or ability to take on the courts and everything that goes with it.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Family, cooking, and dogs.


A favorite notable quote:
“Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.”



   June 2012

Michelle Raffety

Name: Michelle Raffety


Current Assignment: Investigations Administrative Assistant


What do you like best about your job?
The best part of my job is seeing a case through from start to finish and building the casebook. When the call comes in, the Investigations Division explodes with energy and urgency to solve the case. The process the detectives go through to solve a homicide, from my point of view, is exhilarating. I attend the homicide meetings and question what they have found out and what their next move will be. Then the supplements start to roll in. That’s when my fun begins. I love entering the case into RMS and piecing the casebook together supp by supp. The challenge of completing the casebook by the deadline and without error (because that’s how I roll) is probably the best and worst part of my job. I love this part of it but I drive the detectives crazy hounding them for the things that I need. But that’s what I do…and I love what I do.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
My interests include spending time in the kitchen with Tim trying out new recipes and hanging out and talking with my son Zach. (Thirteen year olds are so interesting!) I like to workout, hike, and garden. I also like to crochet and try new crafty projects.


A favorite notable quote:
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
- Bill Cosby



   May 2012

Greg Stoneham

Name: Deputy Greg Stoneham


Current Assignment: Patrol / LEB


What do you like best about your job?
The people I work with.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Sports, video games, and spending time with my family.


A favorite notable quote:
“More often then not it is the quiet man who sees and hears the most.”



   April 2012

Hazel Kunjeer

Name: Hazel Kunjeer


Current Assignment: Just call me Help Desk Hazel.


What do you like best about your job?
I enjoy the wide variety of functions that I get to do for the office. I handle the SOS Help Desk, I work for our legal advisor, I’m the Awards Committee secretary, I order supplies for the SSB, and I handle all travel and training involving a cost. I’ve also had the privilege of helping Dr. T with her schedule as well as helping Bob Ricketts with radio issues – both of which weren’t originally part of this position’s duties but that I have enjoyed taking on. I also speak Spanish and am an eager translator whenever needed.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I enjoy riding my mountain bike (look for it in front of the Commander’s office the days I ride to work), sewing and textile arts, reading, I am a dedicated gardener, and a college student yet again so that I can expand my geek factor.


A favorite notable quote:
“There are three kinds of death in this world. There's heart death, there's brain death, and there's being off the network.”
- Guy Almes



   March 2012

Owen McCormack

Name: Deputy Owen McCormack


Current Assignment: Crime Reduction Unit


What do you like best about your job?
Knowing that everyday is something different. Nothing will ever be the same thing everyday.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Traveling, especially on my Harley Davidson. Spending time with my family. Doing sports, events, and playing in the mountains.


A favorite notable quote:
“Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.”
- General Robert E. Lee



   February 2012

April Jennings

Name: April A. Jennings


Current Assignment: Emergency Services Dispatcher 1 (ESD1)


What do you like best about your job?
It's different everyday, always learning something new.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Spending time with family/friends, traveling, reading, and cooking for family when have time.


A favorite notable quote:
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life – It goes on.”
- Robert Frost



   January 2012

Janet King

Name: Janet King


Current Assignment: Programs Manager


What do you like best about your job?
The wonderful people that I work with each day. The fact that I have something new and exciting to look forward to everyday. The best part is that it has brought me to an amazing man who is my soulmate.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Volleyball, Photography, Snowmobiling, Scrapbooking, and ATVing.


A favorite notable quote:
“Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today, love like there is no tomorrow.”
- Author Unknown



   December 2011

Julie Ann Froedge

Name: Julie Ann Froedge


Current Assignment: Training Coordinator and Admin.


What do you like best about your job?
The amazing people I work with. Always a new event to plan for.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Family, Friends, and Travel.


A favorite notable quote:
“When one door closes, another opens...”



   November 2011

Jane Fromme

Name: Jane Fromme


Current Assignment: Financial Services Specialist in the Budget and Finance Section


What do you like best about your job?
The people - In our section, they keep me laughing and they keep me balanced and they keep me motivated.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Family, Travel, and Theater.


A favorite notable quote:
“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”
- Elizabeth Bibesco



   October 2011

Sergeant Michael St. Charles

Name: Sergeant Michael St. Charles


Current Assignment: Intake and Release, Swing Shift Supervisor / 287g Ice Agent / Honor Guard Coordinator


What do you like best about your job?
I enjoy the non-stop, controlled chaos of swing shift in Intake and like the close working environment I have with my deputies and civilian staff. After 17 years in Law Enforcement, this is by far the best assignment I have had.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I enjoy RV'ing with my wife, Sharon, and my 6 year old daughter, Kailyn. I also enjoy woodworking and doing home improvement projects. I am also a certified motorcycle instructor and love teaching people to ride when time allows.


A favorite notable quote:
“It's not whether you get knocked down, it's if you get back up.”
- Vince Lombardi



   September 2011

Detective Chris Ward

Name: Detective Chris Ward


Current Assignment: Investigations Division, Financial Crimes Unit


What do you like best about your job?
The chase! They never know I'm after them until I'm kicking in the door.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Fishing, politics, and raising my 17 year old daughter.


A favorite notable quote:
“You can run but you can't hide.”



   August 2011

Calvin Hedgeman

Name: Calvin Hedgeman


Current Assignment: Support Services Bureau / Information Technology Section - IT Application Specialist


What do you like best about your job?
The opportunity to apply technology to office issues and (hopefully) improve our effectiveness.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Reading, music, and cars.


A favorite notable quote:
“Talent is important, perseverance good. But in the end there's nothing quite like blind luck.”
- Morita Kamele, Walking with Plato 1388



   July 2011

Robin Wilson

Name: Robin Wilson


Current Assignment: Records Technician for the Records Section


What do you like best about your job?
It’s busy, I learn new stuff every day, I get to help the public, our own deputies and detectives, also Law Enforcement all over the country.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Motorcycling every chance I get, committed reader, and amateur artist.


A favorite notable quote:
“The central purpose of each life should be to dilute the misery in the world.”
- Karl Menninger



   June 2011

Deputy Kecia D. Cole

Name: Deputy Kecia D. Cole


Current Assignment: Court and Transport


What do you like best about your job?
I love my job! I work with a great bunch of people, past and present. I also enjoy the fact that I learn something new everyday. Just when I think, "I got this..." they throw something new in the mix.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I like to set goals for myself - my next accomplishment will be to hike up a mountain - I'll keep you posted!


A favorite notable quote:
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.



   May 2011

Deputy Karl D. Mai

Name: Deputy Karl D. Mai


Current Assignment: Patrol - Swing Shift


What do you like best about your job?
I love the variety patrol offers and the opportunity to have a huge impact on the lives of citizens, victims and criminals. I’ve often thought that, with the exception of medical doctors, there is no profession that can change the course of a person’s life so quickly and dramatically, as law enforcement. I also love the people I work with. Everyone is professional, helpful, courteous and family oriented.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I love spending time with my wife Amber and our three dogs (Chocolate Lab & two Italian Greyhounds). I enjoy cooking, reading, listening to music, and gaming on my XBOX 360.


A favorite notable quote:
“We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
- George Orwell



   April 2011

Deputy Charles J. Harrington III (Chuck)

Name: Deputy Charles J. Harrington III (Chuck)


Current Assignment: Detentions Bureau, CJC, Shift III, Mon-Thur.


What do you like best about your job?
Belonging to an agency with an excellent reputation. Very many oppurtunities within the agency. Great people at all levels.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Mountain biking, gym, reading, and travel.


A favorite notable quote:
“Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
- Hebrews 11:1



   March 2011

Deputy Belinda Douglass

Name: Deputy Belinda Douglass


Current Assignment: Court and Transport


What do you like best about your job?
Learning new things everyday.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Riding motorcycles with my family and painting.


A favorite notable quote:
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

“If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.”
- J.F.K.



  February 2011

Deputy Rebecca (Becky) Boerjan

Name: Deputy Rebecca (Becky) Boerjan


Current Assignment: Reintegration and Recovery
& Gateways through the Rockies Program


What do you like best about your job?
The best thing I like about my job is the R and R staff; they are dedicated to their profession, driven to think outside the box and are hard working/loyal to this organization. They provide an atmosphere for the incarcerated population to accept the choices they have made, information/techniques to make changes and the knowledge to know the difference.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I enjoy helping and/or remodeling homes in need of cosmetic repairs – floor covering, mostly. I also enjoy gardening and small woodworking projects. Basically, I like to tinker.


A favorite notable quote:
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
- Albert Einstein



  January 2011

Deputy Isaac Petterson

Name: Deputy Isaac Petterson


Current Assignment: Training Section


What do you like best about your job?
The opportunity to learn from some of the very best trainers in the world and pass those lessons on to my family at the Sheriff’s Office.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Martial Arts, Combat Sports, and Multi-Media Entertainment.


A favorite notable quote:
“Deprendi Deterrui Defendi”



  December 2010

Michelle Lundstedt

Name: Michelle Lundstedt


Current Assignment: Staff Assistant – Detention Bureau


What do you like best about your job?
Each day is different with new challenges.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Spending time with my grandbabies, family, and Ebay.


A favorite notable quote:
“The expert at anything was once a beginner.”



  November 2010

Sergeant Deb Davis

Name: Sergeant Deb Davis


Current Assignment: CJC Floor Security, Shift 3


What do you like best about your job?
It gives me great satisfaction to be able to facilitate the professional growth of so many talented and motivated individuals.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Travel and Community Service.


A favorite notable quote:
“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but is it made in the small ones.”
- Phillip Brooks



  October 2010

Patricia Baxter

Name: Patricia Baxter


Current Assignment: Emergency Manager


What do you like best about your job?
Everything, there is never a dull moment.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
My Harley, horses, fishing, and soccer.


A favorite notable quote:
“Hope is not a method.”



  September 2010

Deputy Jason Hess

Name: Deputy Jason Hess


Current Assignment: CRU and SWAT


What do you like best about your job?
The ability to track down criminals that are hurting the community wherever they may be in El Paso County and continue with investigations and leads until we exhaust all avenues available.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
My newest hobby/interest is SCUBA Diving. I was recently certified as an Open Water Diver and will soon be completing my Advanced Open Water certification.


A favorite notable quote:
“A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.”
- Walter Lippmann



  August 2010

Julie Ann Froedge

Name: Julie Ann Froedge


Current Assignment: Training Coordinator


What do you like best about your job?
I love my job… Law Enforcement needs good support staff and that is what I always try to be… great support.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Traveling, time with family and friends, music, my dogs, anything that makes me smile.


A favorite notable quote:
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”



  July 2010

Ellen Lacey

Name: Ellen Lacey


Current Assignment: Administrative Emergency Coordinator


What do you like best about your job?
The opportunity to do different tasks like working in the field, being able to go on fire assignments, etc.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Reading, traveling, and photography


A favorite notable quote:
“It’s not the destination, but the journey that counts.”



  June 2010

Staci Bengogullari

Name: Staci Bengogullari


Current Assignment: Warrants Technician/Extradition Coordinator


What do you like best about your job?
The people I work with.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
My kids, so they decide what my hobbies, activities and interests are. I enjoy watching movies and spending time with my family and friends.


A favorite notable quote:
“Where there is faith, it is never too late.”



  May 2010

Kathy Russell

Name: Kathy Russell


Current Assignment: Emergency Preparedness Planner: Emergency Services Division


What do you like best about your job?
It’s inspiring to work with such exceptional people, whether they’re part of the Sheriff’s Office, or members of our many cooperating organizations. Every one of them is making the world a better place.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I’m a Lieutenant at my local fire department, Black Forest Fire/Rescue. I’m part of the training cadre, and the lead Public Information Officer. When not wearing fire boots, I enjoy hiking and gardening.


A favorite notable quote:
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
- Robert A. Heinlein



  April 2010

Deputy Jared Harmon

Name: Deputy Jared Harmon


Current Assignment: Patrol


What do you like best about your job?
It’s a new adventure everyday


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Working on cars, any type of ports activity, and hanging out with family and friends.


A favorite notable quote:
“Do work.”



  March 2010

Deputy Carlos Gutierrez

Name: Deputy Carlos Gutierrez


Current Assignment: Criminal Justice Center - Detentions


What do you like best about your job?
The opportunity to serve the community and the Office by using my skills and abilities. Knowing that every day is a new challenge and a new opportunity to learn.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Exercising, video games, computers and spending time with my family.


A favorite notable quote:
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
- Pablo Picasso



  February 2010

Jacqueline Kirby

Name: Jacqueline Kirby


Current Assignment: Executive Assistant to Sheriff Maketa


What do you like best about your job?
Serving the Sheriff, the outstanding members of the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of this community.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Walking, reading, and anything with my kids.


A favorite notable quote:
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
- Leo Buscaglia



  January 2010

Deputy Brian Erhardt

Name: Deputy Brian Erhardt


Current Assignment: Court and Transport


What do you like best about your job?
The camaraderie, without the help and support of my co-workers, the job would be impossible to complete.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Exercising, mixed martial arts, and spending time with my family.


A favorite notable quote:
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
- John F. Kennedy



  December 2009

Deputy David Hathaway

Name: Deputy David Hathaway


Current Assignment: Patrol


What do you like best about your job?
Being on SWAT.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Shooting and fishing.


A favorite notable quote:
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
- Plato



  November 2009

Belinda Skibba

Name: Belinda Skibba


Current Assignment: CJC Security Technician


What do you like best about your job?
I like the challenge in the jail, the interaction with the attorneys, assisting the deputies, and helping ensure a safe and secure facility. I also enjoy working at Video Visitation.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Hiking, walking, and ballroom dancing.


A favorite notable quote:
“Today may be a bad day, but when you look at the good, there is more good than bad.”



  October 2009

Deputy Tammy Gugliotta

Name: Deputy Tammy Gugliotta


Current Assignment: Patrol Division, Civil Section


What do you like best about your job?
The diversity. I get to meet new people every day.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Cooking, baking, and family.


A favorite notable quote:
“We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.”



  September 2009

Nadine Gaydos

Name: Nadine Gaydos


Current Assignment: Inmate Classification,
Trusty Coordinator


What do you like best about your job?
The people. I have seen some huge hearts., incredible bravery and some genuinely wonderful people. I have seen many strive to do the right things and work to the best of their abilities and I am always in awe at those who donate not only their money, but time to a wide range of important causes outside of the Office.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
My critters; Blitz (the dog), Isis (the cat), video games,
reading, photography, computers and my race car.


A favorite notable quote:
“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events
and small minds discuss people.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt



  August 2009

Tanya M Bell

Name: Tanya M Bell


Current Assignment: Administrative Assistant, Administrative Services Division


What do you like best about your job?
Actually, there’s more than one “best” thing I like about my job. I enjoy working with a fantastic group of individuals, wearing a few different hats since my responsibilities are so diverse, and although I’m a planner, I even enjoy the fact that my days are peppered with unexpected tasks/requests.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Traveling, sightseeing, gardening, reading, and gold panning/prospecting!


A favorite notable quote:
“It’s not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.”
- Giorgio Armani



  July 2009

Deputy Kylie McAllister

Name: Deputy Kylie McAllister


Current Assignment: Detention Bureau, Standards and Compliance Section, Accreditation Unit


What do you like best about your job?
It is very challenging. I get to work with all levels of the Sheriff’s Office.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Walking, gardening, and watching any sport my girls are participating in.


A favorite notable quote:
“Courage in Women is often mistaken for insanity.”



  June 2009

Deputy Rhonda Huston

Name: Deputy Rhonda Huston


Current Assignment: Deputy in Intake and Release and 287g Immigration Officer


What do you like best about your job?
I enjoy working in Intake and Release. Every day is different and working as a 287 g Officer, you learn something new every day.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Volunteer work, camping and fishing, making quilts, and reading.


A favorite notable quote:
“Things happen for a reason.”



  May 2009

Property Technician Brian Deneen

Name: Brian Deneen


Current Assignment: Property Technician


What do you like best about your job?
The teamwork, great co-workers, and the professionalism of the Department.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Fly-fishing, camping, home remodeling, landscaping, motorcycling, and assisting the elderly.


A favorite notable quote:
“Treat others the way you want to be treated.”



  April 2009

Deputy Ed Kafel

Name: Deputy Ed Kafel


Current Assignment: Training Deputy


What do you like best about your job?
I enjoy being associated with the highly motivated and multi-tasking members of the Training Section. Additionally, I enjoy developing and implementing reality based training for our deputies, and I’m honored to represent our Office on the P.O.S.T. Firearms Subject Matter Expert Committee.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
My primary interests are spending quality time with my wife, Kim, and our granddaughters. My hobbies are reading military history and other works of non-fiction, listening to good music,
watching a good move, attending concerts and shows. As for
activities, Kim and I enjoy visiting major U.S. cities and enjoying
what the cities have to offer.


A favorite notable quote:
“You are no more a musician because you own an oboe then you
are a gunfighter because you carry a gun.”
- R. Gehrett



  March 2009

Jane Fromme

Name: Jane Fromme


Current Assignment: Financial Services Specialist


What do you like best about your job?
People, variety, and change.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Hiking, travel, and theater.


A favorite notable quote:
“There are two ways of spreading light; to be a candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
- Edith Wharton, American Author



  February 2009

Leah Stevens

Name: Leah Stevens


Current Assignment: Emergency Services Dispatcher


What do you like best about your job?
Being able to help people when they are in need. It is a very rewarding job at times.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I enjoy being with my children and family, being outdoors and watching football (Go Steelers!).


A favorite notable quote:
“Life is to short to live with regret.”



  January 2009

Jennie Abegglen

Name: Jennie Abegglen


Current Assignment: Work Release Coordinator


What do you like best about your job?
I enjoy the challenge that each day brings because no two days are alike. I also enjoy working with my fellow employees each day.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Bowling, softball, and playing with my grandkids. I also like building with LEGO®; especially the Star Wars collections.


A favorite notable quote:
“I get by with a little help from my friends.”



  December 2008

Patricia Simpson

Name: Patricia Simpson


Current Assignment: Head Bookkeeper (CJC)


What do you like best about your job?
Absolutely the people I work with. I do love my job and it is very interesting. There is never a dull moment.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I love to look, reading and laying on the beach when I have time.


A favorite notable quote:
“Good thing come to those who wait.”



  November 2008

Nicole Wilson

Name: Nicole Wilson


Current Assignment: Administrative Technician, Inmate Classification


What do you like best about your job?
There are still so many things to learn and do, not just in my section, but throughout the entire department. I’m always intrigued and increasing my knowledge. I’m also very blessed to have formed many friendships. This is really my home away from home.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Spending time with friends and family, fishing, camping, reading, watching tv and finding new interests.


A favorite notable quote:
“Wanting to be someone you are not is a waste of the person you are.”



  October 2008

Kyla Gingrich

Name: Kyla Gingrich


Current Assignment: Dispatch, Midnight Shift


What do you like best about your job?
The fact that no two days are the same – the job is never monotonous. I also enjoy helping people in emergency situations. It is rewarding to be the “calm” during the “storm.”


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I enjoy traveling, reading, spending time with my family and just about anything that gets me outdoors.


A favorite notable quote:
“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent
people and the affection of children… to leave the world a bit
better… to know even one life has breathed easier because
you have lived, that is to have succeeded.”
- Emerson



  September 2008

Deputy Matthew Stoneback

Name: Deputy Matthew Stoneback


Current Assignment: Planning and Research


What do you like best about your job?
The opportunity to use my skills and abilities in my current assignment to benefit the Sheriff’s Office. When I decided to become a Deputy, I never imagined being able to use my background in such a unique way.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Music, anything related to audio, technology, running, watching educational shows on the Discovery, History A&E and HGTV channels. Reading “how to” books.


A favorite notable quote:
“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”
- H. Jackson Browne



  August 2008

Deputy Amber Kirkland

Name: Deputy Amber Kirkland


Current Assignment: Court Services


What do you like best about your job?
The ability to learn and teach everyday.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Spending time with family and friends, hiking, and community activities.


A favorite notable quote:
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you are today.”



  July 2008

Deputy Larry Murphy

Name: Deputy Larry Murphy


Current Assignment: Special Operations / Mounted Unit


What do you like best about your job?
In my current assignment, I have the opportunity to do many different things, so I enjoy the variety.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Riding horses, shooting, spending time with my family, helping my kids with their projects.


A favorite notable quote:
“Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”
- Benjamin Franklin



  June 2008

Laurie Thomas

Name: Laurie Thomas


Current Assignment: Concealed Handgun Program /
Extra Duty Program Coordinator


What do you like best about your job?
Meeting new people every day from all walks of life.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Camping, Wakeboarding, Snowmobiling.


A favorite notable quote:
“Well behaved women rarely make history.”



  May 2008

Deputy Rodney Fannin

Name: Deputy Rodney Fannin


Current Assignment: Hearing Board Officer


What do you like best about your job?
Working side by side with the great employees of the Sheriff’s Office.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Spending time with family and friends, hunting and fishing.


A favorite notable quote:
“Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.”
- Jim Carrey



  April 2008

Robert Hernandez

Name: Robert Hernandez


Current Assignment: Facility Inspector, CJC


What do you like best about your job?
Interacting with people and knowing I make a difference in contributing to the safety and welfare of the inmates and Sheriff’s Office employees.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Roasting Coffee, fishing, camping and family.


A favorite notable quote:
“Be careful what you think, your thoughts become your words; your words become your actions; your actions become your habits and your habits become your character…
Your character is everything.”



  February 2008

Victoria Zertuche

Name: Victoria Zertuche (Vicki)


Current Assignment: Records Technician


What do you like best about your job?
You never know what the day is going to bring.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I like to read and enjoy watching hockey. Spending time with my granddaughter.


A favorite notable quote:
“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”
- Erma Bombeck



  January 2008

Deputy Richard Bankey

Name: Deputy Richard Bankey


Current Assignment: CJC Floor Security


What do you like best about your job?
The people .


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Grandchildren, traveling and working out.


A favorite notable quote:
“Proud to serve.”



  December 2007

Phil Gurnett

Name: Phil Gurnett


Current Assignment: Investigations:
Metro Vice Narcotics Intelligence (VNI) Unit


What do you like best about your job?
My current assignment working as a team member with the 50’s Street Team of the Metro Vice Narcotics and Intelligence task force has provided me with the opportunity to forge lifelong friendships, operational and professional associates; but most importantly the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best examples of leadership law enforcement has to offer.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Golf, camping, fishing and family.


A favorite notable quote:
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes
a team work, a company work, a society word, a civilization work.”
- Vince Lombardi



  November 2007

Sandra Rincon

Name: Sandra Rincon


Current Assignment: Detentions


What do you like best about your job?
The staff.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Photography.


A favorite notable quote:
“Win without boasting, lose without excuse..”



  October 2007

Sergeant Steve Way

Name: Sergeant Steve Way


Current Assignment: Special Operations Community Support Sergeant


What do you like best about your job?
No two days are the same. Always a new event or detail to plan for.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Bass fishing. I fish about ten tournaments a year in and out of state.


A favorite notable quote:
“It’s all in the presentation.”



  September 2007

Deputy Rafael Gomez

Name: Deputy Rafael Gomez


Current Assignment: Detention Bureau Investigator


What do you like best about your job?
The independence and confidence the Chain of Command has given me and of course “catching the bad guys.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Reading, skiing, spending time with my family.


A favorite notable quote:
“Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American GI. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.”



  August 2007

Patty Baxter

Name: Patty Baxter


Current Assignment: Emergency Preparedness Planner


What do you like best about your job?
My Emergency Services Teammates – They are the most loyal and professional team players I have served with in the 28 years of my professional career. The Challenge – The Sheriff’s Office is an All-Hazards first response organization. Integrating Law Enforcement, Fire, HAZMAT, Search and Rescue, and other first response capabilities into emergency response plans and exercises is a never ending challenge.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Soccer, riding my horse and Harley.


A favorite notable quote:
“Hope is not a method.”



  July 2007

Deputy Isaac Petterson

Name: Deputy Isaac Petterson


Current Assignment: CJC Floor Security


What do you like best about your job?
I have pretty much grown up here. I have made a lot of friends and some I consider family. I really enjoy the people I have met. I also enjoy the opportunities to teach Defensive Tactics and serving on the Special Response Team (SRT).


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Martial Arts, weight training, time with my family and friends.


A favorite notable quote:
“Stand up for what is right, even if you stand alone.”
- Ed Parker



  June 2007

Deputy Harry LeMonte

Name: Deputy Harry LeMonte


Current Assignment: CJC Floor Security


What do you like best about your job?
The opportunity to make a difference in my community.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Aviation, PC hardware and software, gaming.


A favorite notable quote:
My father as he raised us used to say “Remember as you go through life, if you’re gonna be stupid, you gotta be tough.” I live by that and pass it on to inmates.



  May 2007

Kimberly  Miller

Name: Kimberly Miller


Current Assignment: Intake and Release


What do you like best about your job?
The people I work with.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Camping, reading, family time.


A favorite notable quote:
“Ignorance is a voluntary misfortune.”



  April 2007

Deputy Tammy Gugliotta

Name: Deputy Tammy Gugliotta


Current Assignment: Civil Section


What do you like best about your job?
The diversity of people deal with daily; there is never a boring day.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Cooking, family.


A favorite notable quote:
“Courage is just fear holding on a minute longer.”



  March 2007

Deputy Ed Kafel

Name: Deputy Ed Kafel


Current Assignment: Training Section


What do you like best about your job?
The opportunity to instruct and coach recruits and deputies on the importance of a winning mindset, firearms, arrest control, and physical fitness.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Spending time with my wife, Kim, and our Grandchildren; reading military history and other nonfiction, and running.


A favorite notable quote:
"Molon labe." It is a famous quote from a Greek battle
meaning come and get them. It represents the mindset
of not giving up.



  February 2007

Deputy Paul Wheeler

Name: Deputy Paul Wheeler


Current Assignment: Intake and Release


What do you like best about your job?
The opportunity to work with excellent people!


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
Fishing, camping and baseball.


A favorite notable quote:
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
- John Quincy Adams



  January 2007

Detective Ralph Losasso

Name: Detective Ralph Losasso


Current Assignment: Detective, Major Crimes, Investigations Division


What do you like best about your job?
Being a Major Crimes Detective and having the ability to work my assigned cases from start to finish with little supervision. Developing my criminal profile and collecting forensic evidence, but ultimately I enjoy interviewing and interrogations the most.


Hobbies / Interests / Activities:
I enjoy weight training and competitive sports to include boxing, wrestling and self defense. My interests are military tactics and history. I enjoy politics from
local to National and am a delegate for the Republican Party.


A favorite notable quote:
“Always do more than is required of you.”



To review more of the Sheriff's Office Accomplishments, click on any of the links located below.


  Accomplishments
   Employee of the Month

   Employee of the Year

   Honorary Deputies

   Sheriff's Office Facilities Information

Law Enforcement Bureau
101 West Costilla Street
Colorado Springs, CO. 80903
Phone:719.520.7333

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Metro Detention Facility
210 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO. 80903
Phone:719.520.7100

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Criminal Justice Center
2739 East Las Vegas
Colorado Springs, CO. 80906
Phone:719.390.2000

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Directions to each of our facilities can be found by clicking here.

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