Letter to the Editor: To the Citizens of Alamosa County;

I am writing this letter to apologize to you, the citizens of Alamosa County. Last year, while I was employed with the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office, I was arrested and charged with theft. This charge was due to me using the credit card that belonged to the Sheriff’s office for my personal use. The funding in the Sheriff’s Office was used to pay the credit card billing, which included personal charges from me.

Why am I telling you this? Because the annual budget that is allotted to the Sheriff’s Office comes from the general fund that Alamosa County has. This fund is made up of revenue generated by the County which consists of funds from you, the citizens of Alamosa County. Property taxes, sales tax, building permits, license plate fees are only a few of the items that comprise the general fund. With that being said, I not only victimized the Sheriff’s Office, I victimized you.

I acted alone when doing this. My family was not involved nor did they know what I was doing. They are not to blame. I am. I chose the path I took and have hurt so many people along the way. The men and women of the Sheriff’s Office, the employees with Alamosa County, and my family. I hurt everyone. I broke the trust that all of them had in me. The trust I know, I may never earn back.

My court proceedings concluded in March of this year. I was sentenced to 90 days jail, ordered to pay full restitution, given three years probation and 300 hours of community service.

After paying the majority of the restitution back, I am currently working full time and making payments on the remaining balance. My jail sentence has been served, I am meeting with my probation officer monthly and I am fulfilling my hours of community service.

With this, I say I am sorry. I apologize for the crime I committed.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Orton