Two standing ovations concluded Mark Johnson’s 40-year career with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office as he was awarded a Recognition of Services Award today from the Board of Commissioners for his many years of dedication to law enforcement and the citizens of Weld County!

Beginning his career in 1978, Johnson served in various capacities, including as a sergeant and a member of the K-9 unit. As his career progressed, he became a mentor and trainer for many people within the office including former sheriffs John Cooke and Ed Jordan, who were also in attendance.

“Mark was my sergeant when I started at the sheriff’s office and in that time, he’s always been a leader,” said Cooke, who is currently a Colorado Senator representing District 13. “Mark was definitely a leader in our organization and I appreciate everything he taught me.”

Jordan, who spent 26 years with the sheriff’s office, credited Johnson for his tireless work ethic and his commitment to serving the public and strengthening the sheriff’s office.

“It was a privilege to work with Mark,” he said. “He was a true community servant to the citizens of Weld County. I appreciated all your efforts.”

Known for his professionalism, leadership and constant desire to mentor former and current staff, Johnson’s contributions to the sheriff’s office were long-lasting and impactful.

“We appreciate your dedication and sacrifice,” Weld County Chair Steve Moreno said. “Thank you for your wonderful service to our citizens.”

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