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DiSalvo names Ryan as undersheriff in Pitkin County

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Ron Ryan

ASPEN – Pitkin County Sheriff-elect Joe DiSalvo announced Tuesday that Ron Ryan, the department’s investigations director, will be his undersheriff.

The announcement was made at a staff meeting of the sheriff’s office to discuss the transition. DiSalvo takes office Jan. 11. He won election handily Nov. 2 and will succeed current Sheriff Bob Braudis.

Ryan is a 20-year veteran of law enforcement in Pitkin County. He grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and served as a volunteer firefighter in Basalt and as a police officer in the Aspen Police Department before joining the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office in 1994.

DiSalvo worked as an investigator with Ryan before DiSalvo was promoted to undersheriff years ago by Braudis. He said he selected Ryan as his undersheriff partly because they sometimes differed in their opinions and felt it was healthy to debate and discuss issues. He also believes that Ryan, as the father of four children who attend local schools, brings a parent’s perspective and strong family values to the leadership of the department.

“Ron has strong management abilities and has the respect of the law enforcement community,” DiSalvo said in a statement released by the sheriff’s office. “He has demonstrated his leadership skills on major incidents and criminal investigations and is committed to serving the people of Pitkin County.”

DiSalvo told The Aspen Times he doesn’t have other immediate plans to make changes in the upper level of the sheriff’s office. He said he wants to take office and get his feet wet as sheriff for a while before contemplating any alterations to the organization.

The sheriff’s office has only one current opening for a patrol deputy, he said. They received 34 applications for the position, including some from out of the area and out of state. DiSalvo said it is his strong preference to hire within the community.

Ryan has taught firearms, defensive tactics, intoxilyzer certification, CPR and first aid, and is an adjunct professor at the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy.

“I am honored and excited to accept this position,” Ryan said in a statement. “I look forward to working alongside Joe with this incredible team to continue to build on the foundation established and refined by Bob during his 24 years of service.”

Braudis opened the staff meeting Tuesday by thanking his staff for being part of “the best department on the planet.” He spoke about the history of the sheriff’s office and the origin of his mission “to respect human dignity and provide the highest level of service to the community.”