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Wolf leaves Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The deputy who unsuccessfully vied for his boss’s job in the August primary is leaving the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles Wolf accepted a retirement package last Friday, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Andree confirmed.

Wolf’s last day working in the office was Wednesday but his official last day is Sept. 11, Andree said.

“If he had vacation time, he was allowed to take vacation time,” she said.

Andree declined to disclose the specifics of Wolf’s retirement package.

Several messages left with Wolf were not returned.

In an effort to cut positions, the county this summer offered all employees early retirement buyouts.

For employees who have been with the county for one to four years, the offer was eight weeks pay, 12 months of paid health insurance and eight weeks’ contribution to the employee’s retirement account.

Wolf has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2008. He said he ran for sheriff in the Republican primary because he saw ways “things can be done differently to better the department as well as the community.”

During the campaign, Sheriff Joe Hoy was blunt about his feelings on the challenge from Wolf.

“I’ve taken the high road, trying to keep everyone focused and trying to help them understand that Mr. Wolf, by law, has the right to do this,” Hoy told the Vail Daily. “But is it the right way to do it?”

Contacted after the election results came in, Hoy said a “loyalty issue” still lingered at the sheriff’s office.

However, Hoy said Wolf’s decision to leave the office was entirely Wolf’s choice.

“There was no pressure put on him to retire,” Hoy said. “I have said that publicly, that he would not lose his job over him deciding to run.”

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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