Lieutenant to challenge incumbent sheriff
Jackson announces he's seeking top law enforcement post
Times Staff Report
Originally published 2014-02-20
A 35-year veteran of the Gunnison County Sheriff's Office is challenging Rick Besecker for county sheriff in this November's election.
Patrol Lieutenant Scott Jackson announced Wednesday that he will run for sheriff. Jackson, a Democrat, said he has notified his party of his intent to run. Jackson will have to first get the nomination through a primary process should another Democrat chose to get in the race.
Jackson has served in the Gunnison Sheriff's Office for more than three decades, working his way up through the ranks. He began in the detention center, then moved to patrol where he became a sergeant, then a lieutenant. Jackson said his love for community service is what has kept with the office for so long.
"I like helping people," said Jackson. "I enjoy law enforcement and the sheriff's office. There's a lot of different facets between search and rescue, and criminal enforcement. … Helping people — I enjoy that.
Former Sheriff Rick Murdie said he is strongly supporting Jackson's campaign. Murdie served as sheriff for 24 years prior to retiring at the end of 2010.
Besecker is currently serving in his first term.
The Gunnison Country Times will bring you more about the sheriff's race in next week's edition.