Sheriff

The Office of the Sheriff is overseen by an independent elected official, the County Sheriff.  Sheriff William 'Bill' Masters was first appointed to fill the previous Sheriff's term in 1980 and he is currently the longest serving Sheriff in Colorado's history.

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 to unincorporated areas of the County, serve criminal warrants and civil process, operate a jail, coordinate search and rescue efforts, suppress prairie and forest fires and perform other duties as directed by Colorado State Statutes and the Courts.  The Sheriff's Office works hand-in-hand with community members to provide protection and service to our community as a whole.  


Sheriff Bill is committed to providing quality service to the community.  Email the Sheriff with suggestions or comments anytime.

View the Sheriff's Office organizational chart.

Sheriff Bill Masters

Masters, Bill
  1. Missing Snowmobiler Found After 13 hour Overnight Rescue Mission Near Telluride

    January 4, 2016 -- (Telluride, CO) – A vacationing snowmobiler was found safe and uninjured following an exhaustive 13 hour-overnight search by San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue members. Read on...
  2. Ice Climber Rescued Near Telluride

    An ice climber was rescued by San Miguel County Deputies and its Search and Rescue (SAR) team after falling ill, cancelling the climb, and attempting to self-rescue Wednesday afternoon out of a backcountry area around Ames near Telluride. Read on...
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