Sheriff candidate disciplined for 2013 incident with jail inmate

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By Ramsey Scott

A Jeffco sheriff’s deputy running in this year’s election to replace Sheriff Ted Mink reportedly was disciplined last year for an inappropriate incident involving a jail inmate.  

Denver’s 9News reported that Sgt. Jim Shires was disciplined for tapping an inmate on the face twice with a rule book to get his attention on Nov. 3. 

Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said an internal affairs investigation was conducted, and that Shires was disciplined. Techmeyer wouldn’t comment on the nature of the incident or what discipline was involved. 

“Shires was appropriately disciplined, and that’s about all we can say,” Techmeyer said. 

9News reported that the incident involved Shires waking up an inmate at 2 a.m. after the inmate sent more personal letters than allowed. 

Video obtained by the station shows Shires tapping the inmate on the nose with the paper book. In the report obtained by the station, Shires told 9News he lightly tapped the man on the head to get his attention. 

Shires didn’t return a request for comment by press time. 

Shires is one of three candidates vying to be the Republican nominee in the sheriff’s race. Mink is term-limited.


Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine. Check back at www.columbinecourier.com for updates.