Moffat County Sheriff honors father at swear in ceremony
Craig — Moffat County residents filled the district courtroom Tuesday, showing a wave of support for their new sheriff, KC Hume, who was sworn into office in front of his family, friends and colleagues in the room that his father once presided over.
Hume kept his composure until Judge Michael O’Hara read his full name, Kevin Claus Hume. His middle name is after his father and the one missing person from the audience, Claus J. Hume.
Claus served as the District Court judge for the 14th Judicial District nearly 40 years ago, which is the same position that O’Hara currently holds.
In KC’s ideal world, his father would have returned as a retired judge to swear him in, but circumstances beyond his control made that impossible. Hume said O’Hara swearing him in is the next best thing because it’s the position his father held years ago.
“That would’ve been very special for me and him, but unfortunately due to the horrible disease that Alzheimer’s is, it has taken so much from him,” Hume said.
Hume’s wife, Errica, and daughter Kimber stood by him as his son Kadin held the bible where Hume placed his left hand and he cited his oath.
A swarm of dark green shirts worn by the Moffat County Sheriff’s deputies filtered the pews, as Hume gracefully became their new leader, replacing former Sheriff Tim Jantz who was term limited.
Charlene Abdella will remain as the Moffat County undersheriff under Hume’s direction — she also served as undersheriff for Jantz.
Hume’s fellow Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies look forward to working with him.
“It’s the anticipation of anything new; most people fear change, but the majority of us embrace it,” Sergeant Steve Booker said.
The new sheriff is following his dad’s footsteps in a long career of public service in Moffat County.
His father was deputy and assistant district attorney from 1966 to 1971 and was elected district attorney in 1972. He was appointed to the District Court for the 14th Judicial District in 1974 and served as Chief Judge for the district from 1978 to 1988.
He was then appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals and became the Chief Judge for that court in February of 1998.
KC planned for his dad to be present at the swearing in, but weather kept Claus from making the trip.
“(My father) mentioned several times he never understood why an individual would pursue a career in law enforcement … because of the inherent dangers and public scrutiny,” Hume said. “But I think in any profession you can be the focus of dangerous situations and at times public scrutiny.”
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