Friday, February 8, 2019

This Week in Pics

On February 8, 2016, Deputy Derek Geer was killed in the line of duty after responding to a report of a man with a gun. Deputy Geer, a Navy veteran, loving husband and father of two, served 15 years with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. He was honored with the Lifesaving Award in 2012 for helping revive a woman in cardiac arrest. As a final act of service and selflessness, Deputy Geer remained on life support until his organs could be donated to four different people. In December of 2016, he was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. He is the second Mesa County law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty. Today we remember and honor his sacrifice and service to the community.
Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden has hired Matt Sullivan (pictured above), as the new director for the county’s Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD). Sullivan has been acting as Interim Director for the past few months and was recently offered the position permanently. Sullivan has over 34 years of experience in the criminal justice system. Read more at

Students from Mesa County Valley School District 51 pose for a picture taken by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Drone.

Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis talks to Mesa County Valley School District 51 students from high schools all over the valley about career opportunities in the criminal justice system.

About 60 D51 highschool students got a tour of the Sheriff's Office and Criminal Justice Center and learned about becoming a deputy on patrol and much more.

Students enjoyed a tour of the MCSO and a demonstration of training programs and even got to see a drone. Learn more about a career in law enforcement at

MCSO patrol deputies had lunch with Loma elementary students. Looks like they had a blast!

Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner was a guest speaker at Redlands Middle School. She spoke to 8th graders about what it takes to run for office. 

Treasurer Sheila Reiner visited Redlands Middle School 8th graders on career day and gave them an overview of what Mesa County elected officials are charged with and what a career in local government looks like.  

Treasurer Sheila Reiner encouraged youth to learn more about county government and urged them to get involved. A few of the students said they would like to pursue a career in politics.
It has been almost three years since the historical marker at the state line between Colorado and Utah was restored. The marker had unfortunately become a canvas for graffiti, gunshots and other abuse, but thanks to the efforts of Mesa County, May's Construction Specialties, Inc., Garry Brewer, the Museum of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society - led by Commissioner Scott McInnis - the marker was restored to its original glory.
Commissioner Scott McInnis personally visits the historical marker a few times a month to make sure this important piece of history isn't tampered with. A fence was recently installed around the statue to deter vandals.  

Charles with the Mesa County Landfill pours a drum of reused latex paint into the spraying equipment. This paint is collected by the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, combined into the drums and used as an alternative cover for dust control and to prevent trash from blowing out of the landfill. 

Matt Younger, Ryan Kyle and Jay McLarty with Hazardous Waste Collections test out the aerosol can ventilator after performing some minor repairs. This device punctures, drains and vents contents of aerosol cans safely so the contents and cans can be disposed of properly.

A Mesa County resident "shops" at the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility for used household products such as paints, varnishes, cleaners, and pesticides. This free service is provided to the public with the purposes of keeping hazardous materials out of the landfill and reducing overall waste by reusing product that is still good. 

Teresa Nees has transferred from Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management and is now an employee at the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at the Mesa County Solid Waste Campus. Stop by to check out the facility and say hello!
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's Office is sharing more historical details from the Recording office on their Facebook page. This week, they shared details about spittoons and lace curtains, circa 1896. 

Customer Service Specialist Adriana Murrieta-Barcelo is answering the DMV phones this month. You can renew your license plates by phone or ask questions in advance before going in at 970.244.1664.

Don Clement was recently promoted to Customer Service Specialist - LEAD and will continue to serve DMV customers and fellow employees with his radiant smile! Congratulations, Don!

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There was a lot of snow on the Grand Mesa Wednesday afternoon! These photos were taken near 59 Road and ME Road in Collbran by one of the MCSO rural area deputies. For the latest road conditions visit

Loma residents, a culvert replacement is happening at 1678 14 1/2 Road starting today. A detour will be in effect until the end of March. Thank you for your patience! 

Hey, Mack residents! There will be a detour on 10 Road for the next few weeks (Jan. 7 through Feb. 22) due to a culvert replacement. Thank you for your patience.
The Fairgrounds team wore blue today in honor of Deputy Geer. Pictured here from left to right: Stacy Pinnt, Linda Robinson and Donna Redd.

 The Mesa County Child Welfare Case Managers and Supervisors (pictured here) that are part of the After Hours Team provided a meal to honor the MCSO and feed the deputies and employees that sacrifice so much to keep Mesa County safe.

MCSO deputies and staff enjoy a meal provided by the After Hours Team. Mesa County staff takes care of one another.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

County Administrator Hires New Criminal Justice Services Director

Criminal Justice Services Department Director Matt Sullivan

Sullivan has over 34 years of experience in the criminal justice system

County Administrator Frank Whidden has hired Matt Sullivan, as the new director for the county’s Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD). Sullivan has been acting as Interim Director for the past few months and was recently offered the position permanently.
“Matt is no stranger to CJSD, he has been with the department for over 34 years and has worked his way up through the ranks over the years. Matt has the experience and the institutional knowledge to continue the transition seamlessly without disruption to the services provided to Mesa County residents,” Whidden said. “Sullivan succeeds Dennis Berry who served as the director for 32 years.”

CJSD places its highest value on community safety, providing services which emphasize changing offender behavior to reduce recidivism while enhancing their productive contribution to the community. Offenders are held accountable for their actions and behavior, and for paying restitution, treatment costs and the costs of other services.

“We will continue to maintain the highest ethical standards for our clients while running programs in a fiscally responsible manner,” Sullivan said.