Duel for sheriff shaping up

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Monument Police Chief Jake Shirk will seek the Republican nomination for El Paso County sheriff, facing off against former sheriff's deputy Todd Evans, who announced his candidacy Jan. 20.

Shirk, who's not held elective office, faces another newbie, Todd Evans, who worked for the sheriff's department from 1995 to 2006 before resigning to work for a developer and later run security for a school and be a body guard to a movie star.

Shirk, 56, retired a captain from the Aurora Police Department after 29 years. In Aurora, he at various times oversaw the jail, SWAT team, all-hazards response team, dispatch center, grant-writing and a special program for prosecution of domestic violence crimes.

He's been chief in Monument for almost five years and decided to run after Sheriff Terry Maketa said he wouldn't seek a third term.

Why does he want to be the county's top lawman? "It is the right thing to do. I have the experience. I have the training. My entire life has been setting me up for this position," he says, adding he's taken the Monument force "to new heights" in professionalism, equipment, training and community involvement.

"I know I can take that experience into the county and have significant positive impact on the county," he says. "I have a proven leadership style. I’m not an unknown. I’ve been an executive. I’ve been put in tough situations of hiring and firing people."

He says he has full support of the town's council, and his Web site shows he's got the small town police endorsements sewed up.

To learn more about Chief Shirk, go here.

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