GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Steve King announced today that he has withdrawn from the race for Mesa County Sheriff.
As recently as July 8th King reaffirmed his position in the race, despite facing allegations that he falsified a time card at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
Interim-sheriff Rebecca Spiess, District Attorney Pete Hautzinger, and Chief of Police John Camper called for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to look into the discrepancies on King's time card from his work with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. The CBI then passed the investigation along to District Attorney Mark Hulbert of Arapahoe County, however a decision was never officially released regarding the investigation.
King apologized for the mistake on the time card, saying it was a mistake. "At this stage I think the voters deserve for the situation to be investigated by a third party. I look forward to helping in any way that I can so this can be resolved quickly and professionally," said King in a late-June statement.
In regards to today's announcement, King released the following statement, included in a letter to the Mesa County Republican Party announcing and explaining his decision:
“I am saddened and it is with a heavy heart that I write today to inform you that, effective immediately, I am withdrawing from the race for Mesa County Sheriff.
“As you know, it has been the honor of my life to serve our community four 34 years as a law enforcement officer, volunteer, coach and citizen legislator. While I had hoped to continue serving our community as its next Mesa Sheriff, I believe for the greater good for all it is time to step aside.
“I would like to thank my fellow Mesa County Republicans and Mesa County Citizens for their overwhelming support each time I've run for public office. As a flawed human being, I've made my share of mistakes and believe there is no better test of a man's integrity then his behavior when he is wrong. I wish to apologize to my family, friends, community and those who have put their faith in me.
“While I would be happy to discuss my decision with you directly, I would respectfully request privacy for my family during this difficult time.”