The La Plata County Sheriff's Office is the front line provider of emergency peacekeeping and criminal investigation services for over 50,000 citizens of La Plata County. The La Plata County Sheriff's office is the largest law enforcement agency in Southwestern Colorado.
Sheriff Sean Smith assumed the duties of Sheriff on January 13, 2015. Prior to that, Sheriff Smith spent 13 years as a Deputy Sheriff. He has served as a Law Enforcement Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Justice, a Lieutenant for the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, a Human Services Case Manager, a Corrections Officer, and is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm.