Former deputy challenges sheriff
GYPSUM ” Scott Griffin was an Eagle County sheriff’s deputy for only two years before leaving because, he said, he didn’t want to work for Sheriff Joe Hoy.
And other deputies left for the same reason, the 40-year-old Gypsum resident claims.
“My integrity and personal ethics are different and higher than the sheriff’s and the Sheriff’s Office, and therefore I didn’t want to continue my employment,” he said.
Griffin, who is running as a Democrat, did not answer repeated questions asking him why his integrity is “higher than the sheriff’s.”
“I don’t feel it’s the right time to do that,” he said.
The Wyoming native is squaring off against incumbent Republican Hoy in the Nov. 2 election for county sheriff. Griffin said he believes the office can return to greatness under his leadership.
“I feel I can do a better job,” Griffin said.
Topping Griffin’s list of issues is accountability to the citizens, he said.
“(The public) needs to be an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office,” Griffin said.
Griffin plans to address the issue by forming community forums for citizens and interest groups to “put the Sheriff’s Office more in touch with the community at large,” he said, “and find out what they actually need and what the Sheriff’s Office can do for them.”
He also plans to shuffle the office’s budget and personnel to better use available resources, he said. He would put more deputies in schools to expose students to law enforcement.
Griffin’s work experience includes a stint as auxiliary volunteer with the Sheriff’s Office, helping with traffic control or in the jail and providing security at large events.
At the time he also was airport superintendent at the Eagle County Regional Airport, where he maintained the terminal. In 2003, he became a deputy, his only full-time experience in law enforcement.
“I always wanted (to become a deputy), hence my years as auxiliary officer,” Griffin said.
Griffin now works as a rancher and owns a property management company with his wife. He has been married seven years and has four children.
As a family man, Griffin said he looks forward to leading the county into the future.
“I have a stake here and I want to be part of the growth,” he said. “I have a very strong work ethic and I believe my integrity is irreproachable.”
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14622, or firstname.lastname@example.org.