Sheriff on the healthy track |

Sheriff on the healthy track

Sheriff Bob Braudis has taken some time off to get in shape.

There could soon be a new sheriff in town, one who’s slimmer and healthier all around.

That’s the word on Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, who’s been absent for several weeks. Joe DiSalvo, director of investigations, and undersheriff Lorrie White have been running the department during Braudis’ absence.Braudis, Pitkin County’s popular, 20-year top law enforcement official, was initially couch-ridden for weeks with undiagnosed bronchial pneumonia, DiSalvo said Thursday. A doctor eventually made that diagnosis, along with others: high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

So Braudis decided to make some changes for the healthier. He has spent the past few weeks at a wellness clinic, DiSalvo said. There, he has dropped 20 to 25 pounds and is learning how to eat and exercise properly. He has also taken up holistic techniques, meditation, yoga and Pilates.Braudis asked that his privacy be respected and said he has had a difficult year in which several close friends have died. He also noted that he has taken monthlong vacations in the past and has a great deal of confidence in how his longtime staff runs the department.

DiSalvo said Braudis should be back at work in a week or so.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is

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