Walcher sworn in as Arapahoe County sherriff


AURORA | Arapahoe County commissioners this week appointed David C. Walcher to be the new county sheriff.

Walcher, who is currently serving as undersheriff to Sheriff Grayson Robinson, will be sworn in Friday.

Robinson, who has been sheriff for 12 years, announced last year that he was retiring effective Jan. 31. In his retirement, he asked commissioners to appoint Walcher, who Robinson recruited to Arapahoe County from Jefferson County in 2009 specifically to be Robinson’s replacement.

Walcher said this week he has some specific initiatives planned, but he doesn’t want to discuss them publicly until after he was sworn in Friday.

Just as Robinson left his mark on the sheriff’s office over the past decade plus, Walcher said he hopes to do the same.

One area that will likely need to be addressed is the jail and how many inmates it can safely house, he said. Crowding isn’t an issue, Walcher said, in part because of reforms like adding a third bunk to many cells, but also because the jail population is lower than it probably should