Brett Schroetlin in his own words: The uncontested Grand County Sheriff is working on a new pay plan for law enforcement and fosters ongoing collaboration
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Name: Brett Schroetlin
Occupation: Grand County Sheriff
Place of Residence: Kremmling
Length of residence in Grand County: 20 years
How do you plan to retain and recruit new deputies in Grand County?
All across our country we are seeing a shortage in applicants interested in being law enforcement officers, and Grand County is unfortunately no different. We are all fighting to recruit the same applicants and compete with other agencies who are actively trying to recruit our deputies with increased salaries and hiring incentives. We are working to create and present a law enforcement specific pay plan to the board of county commissioners on Nov. 1 that will most importantly help us retain our current staffing, and also increase our hiring potential going in to 2023 and beyond.
What is the Grand County Sheriff’s Office’s best quality?
The best quality of the sheriff’s office is the partnership we have created and continue to maintain with our community. This partnership is critical and one of our core foundations as we work together to protect and serve our county. As your sheriff and law enforcement leader, my team and I appreciate your support and look forward to your continued support as we navigate the challenges and celebrate our successes over these next four years. Together we can accomplish so much, and through communication, collaboration and cooperation we can keep making Grand County a great, safe place.
How do you improve upon the job you’ve done going forward?
Serving as your sheriff is an incredible honor and one that I do not take lightly. To do it correctly and make a difference, it is important that a sheriff be involved in the community daily. I remain committed to our community by being the Grand County voice on state and federal legislative efforts, navigating the new “police reform” movement, and working through my staff to continue to bring the very best law enforcement services to our community.
How do we curb crime in Grand County?
Fortunately Grand County is still a safe place to live and raise a family, or operate a business, but our safety is being tested daily! With that being said, there have been many legislative changes to our law enforcement and justice systems over the past few years and our communities as a whole are now facing times where rule of Law is being questioned or completely ignored and there is no accountability to the criminal offender. No matter how hard your law enforcement officers and I try to protect our citizens; our hands are oftentimes tied by the laws that govern how we police our communities, which are usually made following a quick emotionally driven event and without the understanding of how these decisions affect the role of a peace officer serving their community. As a community, and collectively with me as your law enforcement leader, now is the time for us to ask those hard questions and hold our congressional leaders and other elected officials accountable for the decisions they are making that directly affect the safety of you and your families.
Stories in this series:
- Brett Schroetlin in his own words: The uncontested Grand County Sheriff is working on a new pay plan for law enforcement and fosters ongoing collaboration
- In their own words: County Commissioner candidates Randy George and Steve Skinner on why each should be considered for the open District 3 commissioner seat
- In their own words: Abby Loberg and Jolene Linke on why each candidate should have your vote for Grand County Clerk and Recorder on November 8
- David Buckley in his own words: The Republican candidate for House District 13 ‘will fight to protect the rights’ of Grand County’s people
- Julie McCluskie in her own words: House District 13 Democrat candidate works by ‘promises made, promises kept’ method of policy making
- In their own words: Granby Board of Trustees candidates on their priorities and qualifications
- In her own words: Grand County chief deputy coroner Tawnya Bailey vows to ‘strive to make the worst time in someone’s life a little easier’
- Dylan Roberts in his words: The Democrat running for a seat in Senate District 8 promises to focus on living affordability, the environment and rural health care
- Matt Solomon in his own words: The Republican candidate for Senate District 8 prioritizes reducing fees, repurposing state dollars and retooling criminal justice reform bills
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