Q&A with Garrett Wiggins, Republican candidate for Routt County sheriff

Q&A with Garrett Wiggins, Republican candidate for Routt County sheriff

Bio: Garrett Wiggins is the elected sheriff of Routt County and has served in that capacity for the past eight years. Wiggins began his law enforcement career at the very young age of 19, in Quincy, Florida, and, at that time, he was the youngest public safety officer the city had ever hired. “I was a teenager right out of high school, very young and stubbornly independent,” Wiggins said. “Having no experience, I took an unlikely gamble and applied for a public safety officer position and the agency went out on a limb and hired me. Looking back, they were the one taking the gamble.” That was over 30 years ago. After graduating from the law enforcement academy, he worked his way up through the ranks. Wiggins said serving as the elected sheriff is the highlight and most honorable position of his career. He is also a dedicated family man — a husband, father, son, brother and Christian. Garrett has been married to his wife, Melinda, for over 26 years, and together, they are the parents of Cutter and Cody, who were both born in Steamboat Springs. The Wiggins are natural-born outdoor enthusiasts. They live on a small ranch near Stagecoach, enjoying their horses, dogs and other critters, as well as their many hobbies. Wiggins has prioritized school safety as sheriff and he said he wants to make sure kids can be kids, which means keeping schools safe. He also knows that public safety takes law enforcement and the public working together, and he firmly believes that collaboration is the key to success. Read More