Lieutenant KC Hume, operations chief at Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, announced his candidacy for the office of Moffat County Sheriff.
Hume, who also is fire chief for Craig Fire/Rescue and a school board member for Moffat County School District, said he came to the decision after Moffat County Undersheriff Charlene Abdella announced she would be dropping out of the race.
This has been a decision long in the making. Hume has been with the sheriff’s department for 20 years — always working toward that position of leadership.
“Being Moffat County sheriff has always been a career goal of mine,” Hume said. “In law enforcement, I always aspired to attain the leadership role. (My family and I) would be tremendously humbled and honored if the people of Moffat County chose me to be Moffat County sheriff.”
Hume took time to consult with his family before making the decision to run. Hume’s wife, Errica Hume, expressed pride in her husband’s decision. The couple has been together for 17 years, and the whole time Errica Hume knew this was her husband’s hope.
“We’ve been together a long time. I knew it was going to happen,” she said. “He’s trying to make a difference. What better person is there to represent the community?”
Hume said he feels “energized."
“I look forward to what the future brings.”
Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz, District Attorney Brett Barkey and Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta confirmed they would be endorsing Hume's candidacy for sheriff.
“He’s dedicated to the people of Moffat County,” Jantz said. “I’m proud of that fact. All elected officials need to have a passion for their community.”
Vanatta also praised Hume.
"I think he would be a natural to the progression the sheriff's department has made over the past eight years," Vanatta said.
Hume noted the pride he takes in the work that Jantz has accomplished during his terms as sheriff.
“We worked very hard the past seven years to rebuild the community’s trust and to rebuild the morale of the employees and I think we’ve made amazing strides,” Hume said. “I hear laughter in the hallways. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.”
Hume said he wants to keep building that trust and morale.
I want to “continue the hard work that (Jantz) and we have accomplished over the past seven years,” he said. “It’s about those relationships you build in the community. It’s about who you trust and who you place your trust in.
Hume would resign from his position as fire chief if elected. It would be hard to put that part of his career behind him, he said, but becoming sheriff has been a passion, and now seemed like an opportune time to pursue that passion.
Hume will be running against Deputy Larry Dalton for sheriff.
Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.