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Sheriff responds to confusion over contracting with Grand Lake

Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin

A question raised during Grand Lake's town meeting earlier this week has prompted a response from Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin regarding sheriff's department responding to calls from Grand Lake.

Pat Farmer, a Grand Lake resident, asked Town Attorney Scotty Krob during the meeting if the town didn't contract with the department for service would they still respond to calls.

Krob's answer was that they would not.

But Schroetlin said in a statement issued Thursday that the department would indeed respond to calls whether the town contracted with the department or not.

The question stemmed from the new $100 fee that will be assessed on all residences and businesses in the town in 2018. Town officials said that the fee would partially be used to fund the town's contract for service with the sheriff's office.

The town of Grand Lake has contracted with the office since the 1970s, and will continue into 2018, according to Schroetlin.

"Each incorporated municipality has the responsibility to provide law enforcement protection to the community they serve," he said. "Many towns employ a Police Department, while many others such as Grand Lake contract with the Sheriff's Office for these services."

The contracting of services, Schroetlin said, has worked very well in the past.

Krob's comments during the meeting led to misconceptions about how the contacting for service works and Schroetlin said the best way for him to clear up any confusion is to physically address the town and field questions from concerned residents.

"This effective communication cannot be done through a written statement or letter and this is the best solution for our community," he said.

Schroetlin will attend the Jan. 22 Grand Lake Town Board meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

"As your sheriff, public safety is my top priority," he said.

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