Fourth candidate joins sheriff's race

McCoy, a former captain with the department, running as Libertarian

By Virginia Grantier
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Brock McCoy, who retired from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office after more than 25 years of service, is now the fourth candidate in the sheriff's race.

McCoy, running as a Libertarian, filed his candidate affidavit Feb. 25 with the Secretary of State's office.

McCoy said as sheriff he would have better control on the budget, "not spend money recklessly on just anything." He said he'd better manage personnel and assignments. And a bigger focus on community policing is important to him.

McCoy said he used to park his squad car and walk blocks to get to know people outside, out working on their yards, in Highlands Ranch and other areas.

"You get lot of mileage out of things like that," he said.

McCoy said he is running as a Libertarian in part because he doesn't want to be involved in the dirty-laundry kind of politics happening in the race among the other three candidates, all Republicans: John Anderson, a Castle Rock police commander; Tony Spurlock, Douglas County undersheriff; and Lora Thomas, Douglas County coroner.

The candidates are vying to replace term-limited Dave Weaver.

McCoy thinks he's the best candidate because he has spent years working the streets, has been in management, understands people and the needs of the citizens.

And he said he's running for the right reasons, to help the community, that it's not a "self-serving" effort.

McCoy, who has lived in Highlands Ranch for 22 years, said he retired from the sheriff's office because it wasn't fun anymore.

He said he was a captain with the department until Weaver came into office. He said Weaver - who railed in his campaign about the department being top-heavy - came in and demoted three captains to lieutenant including McCoy and reduced their pay.

But McCoy said eight months later Weaver promoted three lieutenants to captain, "his (Weaver's) guys," not McCoy or the other two who had been demoted.

When asked if Weaver wanted to respond to what McCoy related, Sgt. Ron Hanavan, sheriff's office spokesman, issued an email statement that read:

"Brock McCoy was employed at the Douglas County Sheriff's office from 1982 to 2009. The highest rank Brock McCoy achieved was Captain and upon his departure in 2009, he was at the rank of Lieutenant. Because this is a personnel matter we are not at liberty to speak about any specifics. ... No further statement will be made."