MESA COUNTY, Colo. Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey was born with law enforcement in his blood.
"I grew up in a law enforcement family," Hilkey said. "My father was a sheriff."
Hilkey's last day as sheriff will be June 13 after spending 11 years in the position and a total of 28 years at the office.
"There's no way I could ever express my thankfulness for the opportunity to become the leader I am and serve and I think that's important at a state level as well," Hilkey said.
He's overseen complex court cases and investigations and has also dealt with major natural disasters, all experiences Hilkey said will benefit him in his future.
However, it's the people Hilkey has worked with over the years that he said he will miss the most.
"I'll forget cases, I'll forget events, but I'll never forget the people," he said.
Hilkey will be the Colorado Department of Public Safety's new executive director starting June 16.
Undersheriff Rebecca Spiess will be filling in until a new sheriff is elected in November for next year.