History Of Sheriffs

Additional Information

1. James M. Swinney 1874-1877 (Appointed upon formation of Hinsdale County)


2. Henry Finley 1877-1878


3. James Hanrahan 1878-1880


4. *Edward N. Campbell 1880-1882 (Killed in Line of Duty)
 

Sheriff Campbell was shot and killed during an attempted home burglary.              Betts & Browning, killers of Sheriff Campbell ,were lynched by a town mob            from the Ball Flats bridge on April 27, 1882 at 1:00A.M. Sheriff Campbell                was the second Colorado peace officer killed in the line of duty.
 

5. Clair Smith 1882-1885 (Appointed) (Served during first Trial of Alferd Packer)


6. O. A. Baker 1885-1886


7. George F. Gardner 1886-1892


8. Terrance Brennan 1892-1896


9. D. McCafferty 1896-1897


10. James W. Deck 1898-1902


11. A. P. Truesdale 1902-1904


12. Harry Youmans 1904-1908


13. William P. Hunt 1908-1909


14. James W. Deck 1909-1914 (Died in Office)


15. Edward H. Graves (D) 1914 (Appointed)


16. Ben F. Hunt (R) 1914-1924


17. Hugh Coburn (D) 1924-1946 (Died in Office)


18. M. G. (Shorty) Rexroad (R) 1946-1950


19. Unknown


20. A. P. (Brick) Griffiths (R) 1952-1954 (Resigned)


21. Lloyd M. (Mickey) Pavich 9/7/54-11/8/54


22. Glen A. Hunt (R) 1954-1955 (Killed in Car Accident)


23. Joseph M. Vickers (R) 1955 (Appointed/Resigned)


24. Robert F. Wheeler (R) 1955 - 1956 (Appointed/Resigned)


25. Albert Etling (R) 1956-1960 (Appointed/Resigned)


26. Robert F. Wheeler (R) 1/11/60-11/13/60 (Appointed/Resigned)


27. Maxwell D. Hersinger (R) 1960-1972 (Elected)


28. Charles Colopy (R) 1972-1976 (Elected/Resigned)


29. Thomas Atkins 1977 (Served Two Weeks - Resigned)


30. James Skinner (R) 1977 (Appointed)


31. Burton E. Smith (D) 1977-1990 (Elected)


32. L. Franklin Wilcox (R) 1991-1994 (Elected/Resigned)


33. **Roger D. Coursey (R) 8/94-11/94 (Appointed/Elected) (Killed in Line of Duty)
 

Sheriff Coursey was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff Wilcox in August of 1994.. He was elected as Sheriff on November 10, 1994.  On  November 18, 1994, he was shot and killed instantly while stopping two suspected bank burglars fleeing from Creede. His murderers' bodies were found a month later having committed suicide approximately one-half mile from where they shot Sheriff Coursey.
 

34. Raymond J. Blaum, Jr. (R) 1994-1997 (Appointed/Elected/Resigned)


35. William B. Denison (R) 1997- 2007 (Appointed/Elected)


36. Ronald B. Bruce (R) 2007 - Present (Elected)