CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - Douglas County's next sheriff is being promoted from within.
Undersheriff Tony Spurlock was unanimously appointed to be the county's 33rd sheriff Wednesday by the Board of County Commissioners. He will fill the vacancy left behind by former Sheriff David Weaver, who is now a County Commissioner.
"Former Sheriff Weaver said he is relieved to know that DCSO is being left in Spurlock’s capable hands," the Sheriff's Office wrote in a news release. "Weaver expects a seamless transition because of Spurlock’s vast experience, knowledge and passion for his community."
Spurlock joined the sheriff's office in 1980 as a dispatcher and then climbed through the ranks. In addition to being an undersheriff, he has been the commander of the Detentions, Patrol, and Investigations Divisions and a Bureau Chief.
After being sworn in by Judicial District Judge Paul A. King, the Sheriff's Office says Spurlock announced his undersheriff would be Holly Nicholson-Kluth. The 25-year veteran of the department is the first woman to serve as undersheriff.