Ridgway is located in Southwestern Colorado, 24 miles South of Montrose, 10 miles North of Ouray and 37 miles East of Telluride (by the traveled roadway). Ridgway is located in a valley setting surrounded by the Uncompahgre Range, the San Juan Range and the Cimarron Range with a majority of the State’s 14,000+ peaks within eye site. We are located at an elevation of 6985 ft. Hiking, camping, boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting, skiing or most other outdoor sports are within minutes of Town.
The Ridgway Marshal’s Office has been around for many, many years. The only records we have been able to locate show that a horse was impounded in May of 1932 for wondering around the Town loose. The fine was $1.50 and $.75 cents a day until it was picked up. The $.75 was for boarding the animal. Apparently someone finally claimed it, as it wasn’t here when I took over the Department in 2000. We are continually doing research on the Department and as we get new information we will place it on the Web Site.
We are known as a Marshal’s Office and I serve as the Marshal. We are a full-service, community minded and orientated Law Enforcement agency. We are a department that will tackle most problems that may come to the Town and in a way that the citizens are glad to see us. Many of our calls for service are just that, keys locked in cars, door and building checks, motorist assists, but don’t take this wrong we also handle burglaries and other major incidents when they happen, only they don’t happen to any degree that is noticeable. We try to maintain a high visibility to everyone and very reachable by everyone in the Community.
— Marshal D. J. "Scotty" Scott
A little history, in Colorado, per Colorado Revised Statutes, a Town is an incorporated community that has a population of fewer than 2000 citizens and a City has over 2000 citizens within corporate boundaries. A Police Department is the Law Enforcement arm for a City and Marshal’s Office serves a Town. Some towns choose to remain with the identifier of “Town” in their name for sentimental or historical reasons. There is no law that requires you to change as the population grows. The Town of Ridgway, Colorado has a population of around 820 people at this time and was incorporated in 1891. The Town was a railhead serving the area with “Galloping Goose” until the mid to late 1950’s. You can read more about this on the Town’s web site or one of the many other ones about the area. The way that the Town is growing under the excellent guidance of the Town Manager, the Council, both have a vision of what the Community wants and needs; we should double our size within the next 10 years. This is both good and bad; but we will leave that discussion to a time that we can set down over a cup of coffee and discuss it.
P.O. Box 10
Ridgway, Colorado 81432
Dispatch: (970) 252-4020
Office: (970) 626-5196
Fax: (970) 626-5303