Leadership Team

Sheriff Robert Hill

Robert Hill was appointed Sheriff of Custer County May 20, 2022. He will serve as Sheriff until January 10, 2023. Sheriff Hill graduated the Pueblo Regional Law Enforcement academy in 1995 after serving 8 years in the Marine Corps during the first Gulf War.  He has 25 combined years of law enforcement experience in Southern Colorado. He recently retired from the Cañon City Police Department after 23 years. While at the Cañon City Police Department he served in many assignments including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Detective, and Patrol Commander. 

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Miles De Young, Undersheriff

Miles started off in law enforcement at the age of 15 with the Boy Scouts of America Law Enforcement Explorer program. After graduating high school he joined the Army National Guard as a military policeman and finished his military service in the Army Reserve as a psychological warfare specialist. Miles holds a B.S. from Bemidji State University in Criminal Justice and a M.A. with honors from American Military University in Criminal Justice. He has worked on three different ambulance services as an emergency medical technician as well as one first responder group over a seven year time span. Miles also worked as a wildland firefighter for the USFS. Miles has law enforcement experience as a dispatcher, police officer, sheriff's deputy, patrol sergeant, deputy chief, chief of police and undersheriff. He has specialized training in leadership, impaired driving enforcement, special weapons and tactics and community relationship building. When he's not serving his community, Miles is spending time with his family. He likes to hunt, continue to explore Colorado and teach new pilots how to fly airplanes. 

Michael Halpin, Court Security Sergeant

Sergeant Halpin began his law enforcement career in 1989 with the Colorado State Patrol.  From 1992 to 1999, he worked as a road Trooper covering Fremont and Custer Counties. He was then assigned to the CSP Accident Reconstruction Team and promoted to the rank of Technician.  Mike joined the Custer County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 as a Court Security Officer and Administrative Sergeant and continues to be a nationally certified accident reconstruction expert.

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Brandon Schoch, Patrol Sergeant

Sergeant Schoch graduated from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Law Enforcement Academy in Phoenix, Arizona, after an enlistment in the Navy and a deployment to the Arabian Gulf for Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has over 12 years of law enforcement experience, his first 8 with Glendale Police Department, Arizona. While at Glendale PD he served multiple assignments to include Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer (FTO), Detective, Crime Scene Officer (CSO) and formed an Intelligence Unit to target prolific and dangerous criminals. He is married to a Custer County native, Stacey, and they have three children, Dylan, Dakota, and Devynne.   He moved to Custer County in 2014 and has served as a Patrol Deputy, Detective, and Sergeant.

Michael Dickinson, Detention Sergeant

Sergeant Dickinson is a Colorado native, born in Salida and growing up in Pueblo where he graduated from South High School in 1990.  I moved to Westcliffe in 1996 to help my parents build their house while working at Westcliffe Petroleum and Valley Fuel.  My wife and I moved to Oklahoma where I became interested in law enforcement.  In 2001 I became a certified bail enforcement agent and continued my career with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.  In 2005 I was employed as an Installation Entry Controller for the USAF.  All the while raising 2 boys, we ended up moving  back to Colorado in 2010 so I could pursue my interest as a Bondsman. I worked security at various places while operating a bail bonds business.  I have been married for 21 years and have two adult boys. In 2018 I was offered a position as a Detention Deputy with the Custer County Sheriffs Office.

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Paula Mankel, Administrative Manager

Paula Mankel started her career with the Custer County Sheriff’s Office in November 2015 after having served as Records Clerk with the Cañon City Police Department for 13 years. In 2006, Paula earned her “Master Certification” through the Colorado Certified Records Network and has maintained the certification since that time.

Paula is a long time Colorado resident living in Fremont County who enjoys crochet, riding a motorcycle with her husband, and has recently discovered the joys of traveling with a camper. She has two adult children and is a proud grandmother. Paula is an absolute joy to have in the office. She never fails to have a smile and a silly remark for everyone. She is a dedicated member of the office who is always ready to step up and help. Paula is most known for her assistance thinning Custer County’s deer population and her office slinky.