Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor, a Pueblo County native, began his service in 1983 with the United States Navy, stationed with the 2nd Marine Division in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, and was honorably discharged in 1989. Sheriff Taylor's first role in civilian law enforcement began as a police officer with the Alamosa (CO) Police Department in August 1987, where he served as a patrolman, a narcotics detective and an acting supervisor until August of 1992.
In the fall of 1994, Sheriff Taylor went to work for the Tenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office as an Investigator. While working at the District Attorney’s Office, he attended the University of Colorado where he completed his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. During his tenure with the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff Taylor was appointed as a special investigator in both the 15th Judicial District and 12th Judicial District.
Sheriff Taylor was elected to his first term in November 2006 and took office in January 2007. Sheriff Taylor was appointed to the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board by Governor Bill Ritter in 2009 and served three terms. He is currently the Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the County Sheriffs of Colorado.
A graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Session 237, Sheriff Taylor is also an executive board member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. He currently serves on the Colorado JAG (Justice Assistance Grant) Board, a position he was appointed to in 2013 by Governor John Hickenlooper. He also is a former board member for the state’s Cold Case Task Force.
Sheriff Taylor works tirelessly to promote modern bail and bonding practices, reduce recidivism and introduce help for those dangerously addicted to opiates. Under his leadership, the detention facility has accomplished American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation four times and earned National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) accreditation, even though his jail is the most overcrowded in the state of Colorado.
Accreditation is a cornerstone of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, due to the leadership of Sheriff Taylor. He has achieved the coveted Triple Crown Accreditation from the National Sheriff’s Association, one of only four sheriff offices in Colorado and of only forty-four in the nation to achieve this award. Having his patrol, jail, communications and healthcare services all accredited is taken in stride by Sheriff Taylor. He never takes credit for having anything to do with this, but rather he will be the first to tell you his employees achieved this through their dedication and hard work.
Sheriff Taylor strives to ensure his agency enforces the law regarding illicit drugs. He has assigned task force detectives to the DEA and has feverishly talked about the harmful effects of drugs to any audience who will listen. The medical and recreational legalization of marijuana has profoundly affected the city and county of Pueblo, Colorado. Sheriff Taylor has spoken to local, state, and federal audiences on behalf of the National Sheriff’s Association and Western State Sheriff’s Association. He has been featured on CBS 60 Minutes, United Kingdom and Australian television programs.