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Hoy becomes new sheriff

Matt Zalaznick

Deputy Joe Hoy has beaten Deputy Bill Kaufman in a race between two law enforcers to become top cop in the county.

Hoy, 54, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 13 years, said he’s looks forward to running an agency that is full of talented officers.

“I’ve got a good team,” he said. “It’s not just me. It’s everyone. It’s the officers on the street, the folks in the jail, and the folks in the office. There are a lot of people behind the scene.”

Hoy has spent 12 years in the sheriff’s DARE program, which aims to prevent middle school students from abusing drugs and alcohol. He has said he has a good idea of what kind of policing the residents of the county expect. He also has said he wants residents to become more comfortable with the deputies that patrol their neighborhoods.

“I think the relationship is really good, but there’s no reason why it can’t even get better,” Hoy said Tuesday night.

Hoy won handily, collecting 5,861 votes to Kaufman’s 4,862. The two were running to replace longtime Eagle County Sheriff A.J. Johnson, who could not run for re-election because of term limits.

Kaufman has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. During his campaign, he touted his diverse in experience in the Sheriff’s Office. He has been a patrol officer, a jail guard and an administrator.

“If Joe continues the philosophy taking direction from the top, but working for the community, I’ll be just as proud to serve for Joe as the 15 years I served for A.J.,” Kaufman said Tuesday night.

Both candidates agreed that crime was not increasing significantly in the county. Both also said slowing down traffic in neighborhoods was a priority for the Sheriff’s Office.

Kaufman said he wanted police to review new development projects for safety of pedestrians. He said long straightaways should be avoided.

The Sheriff’s Office is the senior law enforcement agency in the county and employs 87 deputies.

Matt Zalaznick can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 606, or via e-mail at mzalaznick@vaildaily.com.

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