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Templon tapped for undersheriff

Garfield County Sheriff-elect Lou Vallario has named Glenwood Springs police Sgt. Tim Templon to serve as undersheriff.

Templon, 37, of New Castle, has worked in law enforcement for 20 years, including 10 years rising through the ranks at the Glenwood Springs Police Department.

“My first choice was Tim,” Vallario said Thursday. “He’s the guy everybody follows into the fire.



“He has good people skills, good leadership skills. He is one of those guys that people naturally gravitate to,” Vallario said.

“Tim is a good supervisor. He takes a soft approach. He is not hard-core or militaristic. He’s really good at motivating people. If he goes in the squad room and sees that the guys are down, he can turn it around and get them to look at the positive side,” Vallario added.



Templon grew up in west central Pennsylvania and enlisted with the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Service at 17, right after graduating from high school.

He worked for the Coast Guard for seven years in Florida and Ohio. His last assignment was with a seven-man detachment running a high-endurance cutter chasing drug runners in Key West.

“It’s a great job when you’re young,” he said.

From the Coast Guard, he went to work as a patrol deputy in the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department, covering the Fort Lauderdale region.

After vacationing in Colorado, Templon started hunting for a job in the area. He tested for and landed a job in Glenwood Springs. He started with the police department as a patrol officer, moved up to sergeant, then worked for the Trident drug task force before returning to the police force as a detective sergeant.

He and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons aged 4 months and 3.

Vallario said Templon “certainly had to be a front-runner for my position here at the police department,” and was pleased he would make the move to the sheriff’s department.

Vallario, a Republican and currently the lieutenant and No. 2 man at the police department, defeated incumbent Sheriff Tom Dalessandri, a Democrat, in the Nov. 5 election.

Vallario said he is hoping the Garfield County Commissioners will approve a new position at the sheriff’s department, which he has offered to the current undersheriff, Jim Sears.

The position is a coordinator for emergency management, including Search and Rescue and hazardous materials cleanup.

“I wanted to do this position, and he would be a great one for it,” Vallario said of Sears.

“I didn’t want to lose Jim, but I hadn’t worked with him closely enough to have the personal relationship to name him undersheriff,” Vallario said.


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