The Summit County Republican Party’s Vacancy Committee convened this week to elect a Republican nominee for the Office of Summit County Sheriff following the recent announcement by the Summit County Sheriff, John Minor, that he has accepted an appointment to the position of Chief of Police for the Town of Silverthorne. The Committee unanimously nominated current Summit County Undersheriff, Derek Woodman, to serve as the Republican candidate for the Office of Sheriff for Summit County, his name being submitted for inclusion on the 2016 General Election Ballot in November. The officers of the Summit County Republicans are delighted with this decision, as Derek is an outstanding and supremely well qualified and experienced candidate.

Following proudly in his father’s footsteps, Derek began his law enforcement career in 1981 as a Deputy in the Summit County Jail.

In January of 1983, at the age of 22, Derek was promoted to Chief Jailor, overseeing the overall operations of the Jail Division. Later he transferred to the Patrol Division as a Patrol Deputy. He was subsequently promoted to Detective where he was responsible for the Summit County Drug Task Force, acted as chief investigator for the Coroner’s Office and was the evidence custodian. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to the level of Special Operations Sergeant. In this position Derek was responsible for direct supervision over the boat patrol division, winter back country patrol and was the liaison for Summit County Search & Rescue and Water Rescue.

In 1992 Derek Woodman was promoted to Captain of the Operations Division. In this capacity Derek was Undersheriff, as designated by the Sheriff, in excess of 200 days. As a result, he was the natural choice when Sheriff Minor appointed him Undersheriff in 2004.

Derek has received extensive training in a multiple fields relating to law enforcement. He is a past regional vice president of the State of Colorado Drug Investigators Association and a member of the Healthy Futures Initiative, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the County Sheriffs of Colorado, the Rotary Club of Summit County, President of the Whispering Pines Ranch Homeowner’s Association, Board of Directors for the East Dillon Water District and is a 2014 graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 256.

Derek has solid roots in the community as a resident for over 34 years. Family is a top priority for Derek who is married to Tina Woodman, Chief Deputy Clerk for Summit County. Between them they have five children, a much loved granddaughter and one much adored grandson.