County sheriff Bob Braudis is cleaning up, signing off |

County sheriff Bob Braudis is cleaning up, signing off

ASPEN – Pretty soon – three days, in fact – Bob Braudis will no longer be a mainstay in the basement of the Pitkin County courthouse.

The Pitkin County sheriff is winding down his sixth and final term in office, which Joe DiSalvo will fill beginning at noon Tuesday when he’s sworn in with other elected officials on the steps of the courthouse on Main Street.

Braudis is not a pack-rat, but he’s occupied the same office since 1987, so he spent much of this week sorting out everything that’s accumulated over the years, from old photographs to autographed relics to yes, some skis.

“Do you want them?” Braudis asked one his longtime deputies, Bruce Benjamin, on Thursday. Benjamin declined.

The sheriff has been in the giving mood lately. He’s handing down a wooden-framed sign, made by local artist Gaard Moses and which once hung outside the courthouse with his name and title on it, to his grandchildren. He was giving out old sheriff’s badges as if they were candy earlier this week. Same went for books, mugs and other relics.

“Everything must go,” he declared.

Braudis, 66, plans to travel extensively after he steps down next week.

But he said he’ll be outside the Pitkin County Courthouse when DiSalvo, who won the November election for sheriff, is sworn in by Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely. Also scheduled for the ceremonial swear-ins are newly elected County Commissioner Rob Ittner, second-term Commissioner Rachel Richards, Assessor Tom Isaac and Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos-Caudill.

With Braudis leaving, Isaac will be the longest reigning elected official in Pitkin County. On Tuesday, he begins his sixth four-year term.

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