GarCo sheriff rebuts e-mail sent to paper

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department issued a news release Friday in response to questions from The Daily Sentinel.

The newspaper received an e-mail message Thursday night that, among other things, alleged Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is personally involved with an employee, a fact the sheriff confirmed during a phone interview Thursday night.

The Sentinel asked Vallario about that employee involvement after receiving an anonymous e-mail Thursday afternoon that also was sent to Garfield County Commissioners John Martin and Tresi Houpt, asking them to investigate the sheriff’s relationship with the employee.

The unedited Sheriff’s Department’s news release reads as follows:

“Garfield County, Colorado; Sheriff Lou Vallario has been contacted by the Daily Sentinel regarding accusations combining both his personal and professional life. An email containing a host of fabricated stories, gossip and rumors were presented to the Sentinel.

Sheriff Vallario has always run his organization with an “Open Door Policy”. For the individuals who have submitted the accusations, answers will not come from the media but the Sheriff himself.

“Although Sheriff Vallario has seen changes in his personal life in the past year, his organizational direction remains focused on the public safety of Garfield County.

“The accusations presented to the Sentinel are absolutely false. This is a desperate attempt to undermine the Sheriff’s credibility and leadership for personal gain.

“Sheriff Vallario has faith that the citizens of Garfield County will continue their support based on facts and not fiction!!!”

Vallario is in his second four-year term as sheriff.


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