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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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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.

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