MCSO on moustaches: ‘We’re all going to look terrible’

No interest in shaving face; sheriff's staff growing mustaches for charity

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office employees are growing the best mustaches they can muster through November to raise money to fight prostate and testicular cancer.

Things are about to get ugly at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Nearly 40 men at the office signed up to grow mustaches through November as part of a team registered at, a global charity raising funds and awareness to combat prostate and testicular cancer.

“We’re all going to look terrible,” Sgt. Matt Lewis said.

Sheriff Stan Hilkey admitted he might have “a whisker or two” by Nov. 25.

Sgt. Jeff Byrne has “never grown a mustache,” so who knows what’s going to happen.

Some of the participants, however, are good at growing facial hair, so shaving all of it off Friday in preparation for the 30-day challenge was no big deal.

“It’s a good cause,” said Derek Conlon, a Mesa County information technology employee assigned to the Sheriff’s Office. Conlon’s goatee had been with him since he was a teenager. Oh well, he said, “Hair grows back.”

Lewis is the man behind the “Stash House” team. He heard about the website through his brother-in-law and thought growing mustaches sounded like a fun way to build camaraderie, and, more importantly, show support for Investigator Craig Tyer, who’s younger brother died of prostate cancer in February.

Plus, the losers — those who break down and shave this month — have to buy lunch for the men who don’t bail on the challenge, Lewis said.

He admitted he was “shocked” at how many men agreed to be on the team.

To learn more about the cause, and to donate to the team, visit Stash House’s official page at


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