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David Weaver has served residents of Douglas County for more than 30 years, as a deputy, a sheriff and currently as a county commissioner. President Donald Trump is hoping Weaver will expand his role of service to include the entire state, and has nominated Weaver to serve as Colorado's U.S. marshal.
“I love my service here, I feel like I'll be abandoning my family, but I will accept the nomination to U.S. marshal, and I will go do my service where I'm needed,” Weaver said in an address to the Parker Republican Breakfast Club on Dec. 1.
Weaver spoke candidly about the process of his nomination by Trump, and his more than 30-year history serving Douglas County in several capacities, beginning with his early career as a deputy.
“When I first came here, at the young age of 21, I met the sheriff and thought `he could be Andy Griffith,' " said Weaver. “He wore a cowboy hat and looked the part.”
Weaver went on to be elected the sheriff of Douglas County, where he served two terms. He was sworn in as a Douglas County commissioner in July 2014, filling a seat vacated early by Jack Hilbert. Weaver was later elected to the position and began serving his first full term in January 2015.
The nomination, and pending Senate confirmation, would leave a vacant seat on the board of commissioners, but Weaver assured the crowd that he would not leave them high and dry.
“I don't know when the confirmation will happen. It could be one month, three months, I just don't know,” he said. “But we'll have the right person in place as the new commissioner. I won't leave you hanging.”
Weaver said the interview process has been lengthy, thorough, and a little bit intimidating.
“It started in November of last year, and they have investigated everything about me, going all the way back to when I was 18,” Weaver said. “Then I was put in a small room with about six other very official gentlemen, and asked every question imaginable, including whether or not I had ever said anything bad about the president of the United State. `Absolutely not,' was my reply.”
According to Weaver, U.S. marshals typically stay through that president's term, and he plans to become active in the community again when his time with the Marshals comes to an end.
Colorado employs 40 deputy marshals statewide, who apprehend and transport federal fugitives, execute civil and criminal processes, and cover witness security.
“If you look at the history of U.S. marshals in Colorado, they just keep getting better looking,” Weaver joked to the crowd.
“But all joking aside, this is a very serious job, there are a lot of responsibilities, and I am very honored the president nominated me.”
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