At regular scheduled public hearing on Monday, May 12, 2014, Mesa County Commissioners discussed Sheriff Stan Hilkey’s letter of resignation and received legal advice as they considered the next steps.
The Board of County Commissioners has the responsibility pursuant to Article XIV Section 9 of the Colorado Constitution to fill the office of sheriff by appointment, following a vacancy in the office of sheriff.
The Commissioners stated that they desire the transition following Sheriff Hilkey’s departure be accomplished with as little disruption as possible, and that the stability of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office be ensured to the greatest extent possible.
Unanimously, the Commissioners voted to appoint Undersheriff Rebecca Spiess to assume the office of Sheriff on June 16, 2014.
Commissioners will formalize the decision by Resolution on Monday May 19, 2014. Undersheriff Spiess will complete the term of three-time elected Sheriff Stan Hilkey, when Sheriff Hilkey departs for his new job as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
Sheriff Spiess will serve from June 16, 2014 to January, 2015 when an elected Sheriff will be sworn into office.