My law enforcement career began in December of 1988 when I entered the Criminal Justice Academy at Texas A&M. After graduating from the academy, I accepted a position in Brenham, Texas as a patrol officer. While in Brenham I worked as a law enforcement officer at the city, county and state levels. In March of 2001 I accepted a position with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. Since moving to Durango, I have worked as Deputy Sheriff and a Sergeant with La Plata County Sherriff’s office. I have also worked at the federal level for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe as a Tribal Ranger, Tribal Ranger Sergeant and currently as a Tribal Ranger Captain, so I have held numerous positions in law enforcement from a patrol officer to upper management. I have an excellent history with each department that I have been a part of, the citizens that I have sworn to serve and protect, and with outside agencies that I have worked with, and will continue to work with, to meet the needs of our community. The success that I have experienced in my career is a direct result of performing my duties with HONESTY, INTEGRITY and holding myself ACCOUNTABLE as a law enforcement officer.

La Plata County is a beloved community that our family and friends love to visit. I believe that it does not matter where you stand politically, socially or economically, everyone wants and deserves to be and feel safe in their community. The citizens living in the most remote areas of La Plata County deserve the same protection as citizens closer to the municipalities in this county. When a sheriff bases his success on statistics, it seems rural areas of the county become lost in the numbers and the quality of service is diminished.

As La Plata County Sheriff, I will base my decisions on the safety and protection of the citizens in this community, not their political views! I will handle fiscal responsibilities efficiently, addressing the needs of the county without reckless spending and without jeopardizing the safety of the peace officers who serve this community on a daily basis.

The reason I am running for La Plata County Sheriff is; I love the community that we live in! The same community where my wife and I raised our three children. Our three children graduated from Durango High School with the confidence to chase their own dreams; I want other families to have this same chance! This is my opportunity to give back to the community that has given abundantly to me.

I am excited and ready for this opportunity to become the next Sheriff to serve the residents of La Plata County. As citizens of La Plata County your vote makes a difference in the race for sheriff. With your support and my proven dedication, track record and leadership, the La Plata County Sheriff’s office can provide the level of service the people of this community deserve and do so in a fiscally responsible manner.

As I have done throughout my career I will continue to hold myself accountable in my decisions and my actions; the buck stops with me.

Please vote for HONESTY, INTEGRITY and ACCOUNTABILITY. Vote Charles Hamby for La Plata County Sheriff in November 2018.

Thank you!




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