Sheriff Chad Day was first elected in 2010 and took office in January of 2011. Sheriff Day does not see the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office as “his,” rather he is the elected steward of the office and is accountable directly to the people of Yuma County. This position is a proper understanding of the only accountability and oversight provided for in the law and Constitution.
The members of the Sheriff’s office are all “sworn” as “deputies of the Sheriff” regardless of their rank or appointed position of responsibility. They are what make the Yuma County Sheriff’s office excellent.
The office of Sheriff provides autonomy for the elected Sheriff to determine priorities based on the resources appropriated by the Board of County Commissioners.
With constant progress the goal, Sheriff Day subscribes to the following priorities and directs the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office to focus on the following, and encourage the community to participate in the same:
• Protection of Constitutional Liberty and Freedom
• Enforcement of the Rule of Law
• Proactively pursue dangerous illegal drug crimes and those crimes associated with illegal drug activity
• Maintain an environment in the Yuma County Jail that decreases recidivism rates
• Actively pursue positive law enforcement interaction with the community
Yuma County, established in 1889, is 10,151 down to earth people, living proudly and peacefully on 2,400 acres of fertile farm land and prairie with a couple of incorporated cities and towns where only about half of the county population lives. The rest are spread out on historic farms and ranches around the county. We live here on purpose and are very proud of our home.
Yuma County is 38th of the 64 Colorado Counties by population, and the 14th largest of the 64 Counties in Colorado. It sits on the “other half” of Colorado with no mountains, although, we are 8/10th of a mile high in elevation. Yuma County is on the eastern border of Colorado where Kansas and Nebraska come together.
The office of Sheriff is descended from the medieval system of societies. Back in the 7th and 8th centuries, the King would appoint a “Reeve” to carry out the King’s wishes in each “Shire.” Eventually, that person became known as the “Shire-Reeve,” which is where we get the word Sheriff today.
Early in the establishment of the United States of America, the Sheriff was an important figure in the Constitution to enforce the law of the land, but more importantly, to protect the newly established rights of the people. That constitutional responsibility is still atop the duties of the elected Sheriff in each county in this country.
An important distinction that is often confused is the fact that Sheriffs operate “offices,” where the municipal police force is a “department.” There are only two Sheriff’s Departments in Colorado where the Sheriff is appointed by a city council because of home rule exceptions. The remaining 62 Counties elect Sheriffs as stewards of their constitutional offices.
The statutory duties of a Sheriff in Colorado can be found in Colorado Revised Statutes 30-10-501 through 524, and are as follows.
The duties and responsibilities of the autonomous Office of the Sheriff are set forth in Colorado Revised Statutes. These include:
- maintain peace and order
- provide general law enforcement services such as patrol and crime prevention
- serve criminal warrants and civil process
- operate a jail
- coordinate search and rescue efforts
- suppress prairie and forest fires
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear from you. We are interested in your concerns and your encouragement and support. You may interact through the following mediums:
- Facebook @Yuma County Sheriff
- The interactive tabs of this website
- Call the office at 970 332-4805
- Attend a class hosted by the office