Sheriff Duke Schirard

Schirard’s mixed history

Sheriff Duke Schirard will exit office Monday after 20 years at the helm, leaving behind a debatable legacy. His department can boast a record of solid police work over the years, but he soundly...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smith wins sheriff’s race

There’s a new sheriff in town. According to the La Plata County Clerk & Recorders Office end of the night unofficial results, Deputy Sean Smith decisively defeated five-term incumbent Duke Schirard...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmate’s father blames jail for negligent care

A La Plata County resident is fighting to recover from a serious arm infection that worsened while being held at the La Plata County jail. Tim Baker was in fair condition Tuesday at St. Anthony...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Schirard disputes reports of violence

Sheriff Duke Schirard, in a debate Tuesday morning, sought to refute domestic-violence allegations that have roiled the sheriff’s race. “I’ve never been guilty of any domestic violence,” he said....

DATE: Oct. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Battle for sheriff riddled with tension between boss, deputy

The race for La Plata County sheriff is one of the most fraught on the ballot. The challenger, Deputy Sean Smith, a Democrat, is seeking to unseat Sheriff Duke Schirard, a Republican who has served...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Threats stir sheriff’s race

La Plata County Sheriff Duke Schirard, who is seeking his sixth term, is accusing a Durango Police Department sergeant of breaking the law by spreading lies about him during his campaign. ...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff candidates stick to their guns

The already taut race for La Plata County Sheriff intensified Tuesday night as Deputy Sean Smith went head-to-head with Sheriff Duke Schirard on what, historically, has been Schirard’s political...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Candidates talk vision, experience

Wednesday’s Fraternal Order of Police candidate forum at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Office elicited passionate and increasingly pointed exchanges from the two men running for La...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Schirard sends impolitic email

With November’s election just weeks away, an old email is creating fresh headaches for La Plata County Sheriff Duke Schirard. Though Schirard sent the email in March, his Democratic challenger,...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Edgemont shooting explained further

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office said it did three safety checks of a resident whose condo was penetrated by a bullet a deputy shot during an incident July 11 in Edgemont Ranch. Deputies first...

DATE: July 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deputy’s bullet hits man’s condo at Edgemont

A man in Edgemont Ranch is upset it took the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office two hours to check on his welfare after firing a gunshot into his house in the early-morning hours of July 11. Bud...

DATE: July 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ideology vs. duty examined in sheriff’s debate

The two La Plata County Sheriff’s Office employees vying for the top job in the November election displayed some similarities in a debate Wednesday, but they showed enough differences to give...

DATE: May 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News