FitzGerald to be removed from office in county's first recall election


UPDATE as of 9:58 p.m.

Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald has been ousted in a landslide – with 93 percent of voters opting to vote him out of office. Preliminary results show 2,527 votes in favor of the recall and 196 votes to keep FitzGerald as sheriff.

In the county's first recall election in history, voters overwhelmingly rejected FitzGerald's plea to keep his position. A bipartisan committee to recall him formed earlier this year after the sheriff was arrested for DUI in 2019 and then had an incident at the statewide sheriff's convention involving an alcohol-fueled domestic incident with his girlfriend at the time.

Voters also handily voted for unaffiliated candidate Justin Perry to replace FitzGerald for sheriff, with 1,725 votes for the former Ouray city administrator and police chief. Challenger Republican Ted Wolfe, the current undersheriff, received 964 votes.

PREVIOUS STORY as of 7:15 p.m.

A wide margin of voters approved ousting Sheriff Lance FitzGerald from office Tuesday, according to preliminary election results released by the Ouray County Clerk and Recorder's elections office. By a margin of 13 to 1, initial results showed a successful recall election removing the sheriff from office.

At 7:05 p.m., initial results showed 2,461 voters approving the recall and 186 voters wanting to keep FitzGerald in office. This is Ouray County's first recall election in history.

Unaffiliated candidate Justin Perry was leading the second question voters were asked – who they wanted to elect sheriff if they didn't want to keep FitzGerald.

Perry had received 1,676 votes in the preliminary results and Wolfe had received 943 votes.

This story will be updated as more results are available.