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San Miguel Sheriff's Office


The County Sheriff is an elected position. Sheriff Bill Masters was first appointed to fill out the previous Sheriff's term in 1980, and has been re-elected 8 times since then.  He is next up for re-election in 2014.

Phone Numbers:
Emergencies - Dial 911
Non-emergency dispatch (970) 728-1911
Administration (970) 728-4442

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Press Releases

alert 8/27/14 Lost couple rescued from Lizard Head Wilderness
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alert 8/5/14 Mountain Lion Stalks Hiker
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alert 6/11/14 El Diente Rescue
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alert 5/7/14 Tanker Rollover and Crude Oil Spill - Slickrock Hill
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alert Wildfire Information (Local, State and Nationwide fires):
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alert Please see the NOAA weather site for Red Flag Day status. Zones 290 and 291 cover San Miguel County. There is no burning permitted on Red Flag Days. Please call dispatch with questions: 970-728-1911

alert Call before you burn! Information, requirements and restrictions:
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alert 2/14/12 Notice from the Sheriff regarding Bear Creek

alert Get a Search and Rescue Card!
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hello All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, Community Wildfire Protection Plan and other community plans may be found here.

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For registered sex offenders, click the Info & Resources tab and then the Sex Offender Information bar.

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(970) 728-1911 - Patrol, Corrections, Communications (24 hours)
(970) 728-4442 - Administration

(970) 728-6347 - Patrol, Corrections, Communications
(970) 728-9206 - Administration

General Email:

Business Hours: 
Administration: Monday - Thursday, 8am - 5pm

684 County Road 63L
Telluride, CO 81435

County Sheriff Bill Masters
Undersheriff Eric Berg (Corrections & Communications & Operations)

Jennifer Dinsmore, Emergency Manager & Administrative Officer

Staff emails:

How do I get to the Sheriff's Office?
docClick for a map and directions

doc Sheriff's Office Frequently Asked Questions
doc 911 System Frequently Asked Questions
doc Jail Frequently Asked Questions
doc Concealed Handgun Permit Information - See the Info & Resources tab

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Civil Process
The Sheriff has a role as the executive branch of the District and County Courts, and is required by law to serve civil and criminal process and to execute writs and orders from these courts.  Civil papers can be received at our office, or can be mailed to us at the address on the General tab. Payment must be received prior to serving paperwork.  For questions call Administration at 970-728-4442.

Sheriff's Office employees are not allowed to give legal advice. This includes the eviction process or how to fill out court documents. This type of information can be obtained through an attorney's office or the Colorado courts website at exit

The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office can only serve civil papers within San Miguel County. If you have papers that need to be served out of San Miguel County, you will need to contact the Sheriff's Office or a private process server in that county.

The Sheriff's Office charges are set by statute.
doc 2010 Commissioners Resolution regarding civil process and fees
doc Civil process fees
doc Civil fees zone map
doc Civil fees mileage chart

Civil Process Procedures:
Provide one copy of the document to be served, service fee, a cover letter directing the Civil Processor, and a self addressed, return stamped envelope. You may also send your own Return of Service if not one of ours will be generated.

We require prepayment for all civil processes. Remit $50.00 for each process needing to be served. You will be refunded or billed for any payments below or above the $50.00 amount. Make checks payable to San Miguel Sheriff's Office. For questions call the Civil Processor at 369-8624 or Administration at 728-4442.

We do not accept Faxes or Emails

Service will be attempted with the information provided. We ask that you provide as much information as possible so that the individual being served can be easily found.  Pertinent information should include:

  • Home address (A post office box is not adequate)
  • Home, work and cell phone numbers
  • Place of employment, address

Mail Paperwork to:
San Miguel Sheriff's Office
Civil Process
684 County RD 63L
Telluride, CO  81435

“I need it Served Today!” Rules for Serving Civil Process
“A Sheriff is obligated to serve and to execute all processes, writs, and orders issued by courts or other legal authority as soon as possible…if a Sheriff gives priority to other matters subsequently delivered, the Sheriff is not serving with due diligence.”  Statute    30-10-515, 12A C.R.S. (Repl. Vol. 1986).

Therefore, by law we will not give special treatment to any one person or attorney’s office.  To do so would be in violation of state statute. We will serve the papers as they come into the office and we will not make any service a priority if we have others that were subsequently received and have not yet been executed.  A private process server may be contacted for more expedited service.
Service Exceptions
~ Temporary/Permanent Restraining Orders are served immediately. If after 4:45pm or on weekends, contact Dispatch at 970-728-1911.
~ Writ of Restitution (eviction) must be served 48 hours from the date the order was signed by a judge.

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Concealed Handgun Permits - Fee of $105.00

doc Application for CHP
doc Information Packet
doc List of Firearms Trainers
doc Colorado Bureau of Investigations Reciprocity Information

If you are interested in applying for a Concealed Handgun Permit, you may obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit Application by:

  1. Downloading and printing our application above,
  2. Picking up an application at the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office at 684 County RD 63L, Telluride, Colorado (doc map),
  3. By calling 970-728-4442 and request an application be emailed or mailed to you.

    If you choose to download the application, please also download and read the accompanying doc Information Packet thoroughly.

Please bring the following to the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office at 684 County RD 63L, Telluride, Colorado (click for doc map with directions):

  • Your completed Concealed Handgun Permit Application. The application will be notarized at that time.
  • A copy of the training certificate received for a handgun training course. Copy or certificate must have original signatures.
  • Check, cash or money order for $105.00, made payable to "SMSO" (San Miguel Sheriff's Office) for the processing and Colorado Bureau of Investigation fees.
  • Proof of residency.

Updated 5/9/11

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Disclaimer/Privacy Statement San Miguel County Sheriff's Office Web Site

Legal Disclaimer:

1.      Information on this site may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information may be changed or updated without notice. The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office may make improvements and/or changes in the materials contained in or described on this site at any time without notice. The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office may also make changes in these Terms and Conditions without notice. User is bound by such revisions and should therefore periodically visit this page to review the current Terms and Conditions.
2.      The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office has not reviewed any or all of the web sites linked to this Site and is not responsible for the content of any off-site pages or any other web sites linked to this Site. Please understand that any non- San Miguel County Sheriff's Office web site is independent from San Miguel County Sheriff's Office, and the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office has no control over the content on that web site. In addition, a link to a non- San Miguel County Sheriff's Office web site does not mean that the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office endorses or accepts any responsibility for the content, or the use of such site. It is the user's responsibility to take precautions to ensure that whatever is selected is free of such items as viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other items of a destructive nature.
3.      Information the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office publishes on its Site may contain references or cross references to the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office specifications, projects, programs and services that are not announced or available in your area (City, County, or Country). Such references do not imply that the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office intends to announce such specifications, projects, programs or services in your area (City, County, or Country).

Privacy Statement for San Miguel County Sheriff's Office: 

San Miguel County Sheriff's Office has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website: San Miguel County Sheriff's Office.  This site contains links to other sites. San Miguel Sheriff's Office is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites.
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Please see the Emergency Preparedness page for lots of useful information on preparing for wildfire, flood, pandemic flu and more.


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  • Deputies are trained to be courteous and professional when they contact you
  • When it is safe or practical to do so, the deputy will provide you with his/her business card upon request
  • Deputies who are not in uniform will also present proper identification upon request
  • Within a reasonable amount of time, the deputy will explain why you were stopped
  • If you are disabled or ill, the deputy will assist you


  • The duty commander at the Sheriff's Office is available to answer your questions regarding procedures, citations, or traffic stops
  • You can contact us in person, by mail or by phone and do not have to use a special form.
  • Duty commanders may discuss a deputy's conduct but cannot adjudicate citations. Only a judge has that authority
  • If you choose to report your concerns by phone, you may contact the Sheriff at 970-728-4442.


  • Did you commit a traffic violation? ran a red light, expired registration tags
  • Do you match the description of someone wanted for a crime? assault, theft, homicide
  • Was your vehicle or one like it used to commit a crime? drive-by shooting, arson, kidnapping
  • Is your vehicle safe? broken taillight, cracked windshield
  • Did you witness a crime? robbery, shooting, burglary
  • Do you need help?


  • Red lights and/or a siren mean pull over to the right where it is safe and where you will not block traffic
  • If it is dark, the deputy will use a bright spotlight or flashlight to illuminate you or your car
  • Colorado law requires all drivers to show their license, registration and proof of insurance to a law enforcement officer upon request
  • The U.S. Supreme Court states it is reasonable and legal for a deputy to ask you and your passengers to exit the car


  • Remain in your vehicle and follow the deputy's instructions
  • Keep your hands where the deputy can see them
  • Avoid any sudden movements, and do not reach for your license or other items until the deputy requests them
  • Ask any passengers in your car to remain calm and comply with the deputy's instructions
  • Sign the citation if you receive one (this does not mean you are admitting guilt; it is just your promise to appear in court at a later time)
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Criminal Record Check:
Colorado is an open records state and most information is available to the public.  Criminal history information is available from the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office for a $5.00 fee.  A criminal record check is a search through the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office’s local records to obtain criminal or traffic records on a named individual. 

Required Information to conduct local criminal record check:
The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office requires the full name and date of birth of the person for which the record check is being requested. This ensures that the criminal record has been correctly identified prior to the release of the record. This procedure is in compliance with the Colorado Revised Statutes which requires positive identification of an individual prior to a criminal record being released.

The citizen will receive one of the following:
1.  If there is no local criminal record, the citizen will receive a letter from the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office advising that no local criminal record is in the Police Department’s files. If the citizen requires that this letter be notarized, the citizen should advise the Sheriff’s Office of this at the time the request is submitted. The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office does not provide certified records.  Certified records can be obtained from the appropriate court.

2.  If a local criminal record exists, the citizen will receive a printout of an individual’s local criminal record, which includes arrest data. The Sheriff’s Office does not maintain court dispositions on criminal records.  If this type of information is needed, the citizen will need to contact the appropriate court to obtain this information.  The San Miguel County Courts number in Telluride is (970) 728-3891.

What the citizen will NOT receive:
1.  Juvenile criminal records 
2.  Criminal records that belong to another law enforcement agency

Statewide or National Records Checks:
If a citizen requests a statewide or nationwide record check on an individual, the citizen will be referred to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, Identification Section, Denver, Colorado. Telephone number (303) 239-4208.  You may also visit exit

$5.00 per criminal record check.
This is a non-refundable fee, which covers the cost of search as well as retrieval.  This fee covers 15 pages, additional fees are required for over 15 pages.  Audio, video and photo data are $20 each.

A citizen can request a local criminal record check by:

1. Contacting the Sheriff’s Office at (970) 728-4442 and requesting a Records Request form be faxed (you must provide a fax number the form may be sent back to).

2. Visit the Sheriff’s Office during working hours (9-5 Monday through Friday) and fill a Records Request form.  We are located in Ilium Valley, 684 63L Road, Telluride, Colorado.

3. doc Download the Records Request form and fax to (970) 728-9206. 
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Local Law Enforcement Resources
(970) 728-9281, 24 hours (970) 252-4010 - Mountain Village Police exit
(970) 327-4244, 24 hours (970) 728-1911 - Town of Norwood
(970) 728-3818, 24 hours (970) 252-4010 - Town of Telluride Marshal's Office exit

Other Important Resources
(970) 728-5660 - San Miguel Resource Center exit(violence prevention/advocacy) (24 hours)
(970) 728-4381 - Telluride District Attorney's Office
(970) 252-4373 - District Attorney's Victim Coordinator
(970) 728-4411 - Social Services
(970) 565-8155 - Four Corners Child Advocacy Center

doc Colorado Law Enforcement Agencies List
doc Federal, State and Local Website Resources
doc Crime Prevention Tips
doc Domestic Violence Information
doc Victims' Rights Information

For more advocacy resources, contact the San Miguel Sheriff's Office.

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The Colorado sex offender registry includes only those persons who have been required by law to register and who are in compliance with the sex offender registration laws.  Persons should not rely solely on the sex offender registry as a safeguard against perpetrators of sexual assault in their communities.   The crime for which a person is convicted may not accurately reflect the level of risk.

More information
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To search for registered sex offenders within any area code, click here exit



The San Miguel County Search and Rescue covers approximately 1200 square miles, ranging from high desert at an altitude of 5,000 ft to high alpine at an altitude in excess of 14,000 ft. SAR covers everything from lost hikers, technical rock rescues, helicopter extractions, and avalanche rescues.

Search and Rescue Cards are available at the Sheriff's Office.  We have 5 year cards available for only $12. One year and additional five year cards are available at various sporting goods stores in the Telluride and Mountain Village area. Or purchase online exit and find out more info on what's covered and why you should have one.

Contact for Search and Rescue is Commander Eric Berg,

exitSAR website, including sponsors, mission logs and photos.

exitColorado Avalanche Center - for current avalanche conditions

alert 3/16/14 Backcountry skier injured by avalance in Ophir rescued by SAR
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alert 3/6/14 Sheriff's Department assists in search for avalanche victim
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