South Fork Police Chief turns in resignation

South Fork Chief of Police, Coty Arthur, being sworn in

SOUTH FORK- After taking over the South Fork Police Department as Chief in January 2019, Police Chief Coty Arthur has made large improvements to the department and his team but has now decided to turn in his resignation and move on to another opportunity at Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Department.


Arthur turned in his resignation last week but has been considering the move carefully over the last two months. “I just think it’s time for a change and to have more time to watch my daughter grow up. This is a better opportunity for my family, and I am happy with my decision,” said Arthur.


Arthur will remain as acting South Fork Police Chief until Sept. 1 and help in finding his replacement as well as helping to train the new chief. “I will be assisting the town in finding my replacement and help with training if all goes well. I will be moving on to my new position with Rio Grande County as of Sept. 1, 2020.”


Arthur stated that he will be taking over the Jail Lieutenant position at the Rio Grande County Jail and continue to do specialty work for the sheriff. “It has been a while since I’ve worked in a jail, and a lot has changed, but I will still be assisting with road patrol and specialty assignments when I am needed. I want to see my daughter grow up and it’s time to do more administrative work.”


Arthur will also be helping the sheriff’s department with training in certain areas whenever he can. “I enjoyed working as police chief for South Fork, it’s just time to move on.

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