Meet David Lucero

22-year Law Enforcement veteran, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office 18-year veteran, and current Bureau Chief, David J. Lucero, is running for Pueblo County Sheriff.

David is a trusted and transformational leader. He believes in creating and sustaining community dialogue in these dynamic times. David understands the unique challenges of recruiting and maintaining law enforcement officers, detention officers, and other critical staff necessary to protect the citizens and properties inside Pueblo County. David continually demonstrates his commitment to the citizens of Pueblo County through community meeting engagement, profession focused education, and innovative policy development. David supports a financially conservative approach, critical over the next three years as the county builds a new jail.

Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor has met many men and women with aspirations to lead the agency. He has hired and promoted hundreds during his 15-year tenure. With this being said, Sheriff Taylor endorses David Lucero as Pueblo County’s next Sheriff. An honor that signifies Taylor’s faith in David’s ability to lead the esteemed agency well into the future.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is a highly respected agency, earning a total of five national accreditations spread across the three bureaus. David is a key contributor in gaining and retaining several of these accreditations. He understands the benefit-proven standards they bring to the office, the protection they offer the citizens, and the accountability they require of the staff.

David demonstrates daily the experience, trust, and commitment needed to continue the great work being performed by the men and women of the office. David has an appreciation for the existing processes, both those that are proven successful and others that serve as inspiration for change. He also looks forward to sharing his plan to make the agency even better in the coming years.

Help elect David J. Lucero as YOUR next Pueblo County Sheriff!



Personal Highlights

  • David Lucero was born in Pueblo, CO in 1978 and raised in Raton, New Mexico.
  • Active member of New Mexico Army National Guard 1996 – 1998.
  • Attended and graduated from the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-P) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
  • David met his wife Kimberly Smithburg as a CSU-P student and they married in June of 2000.
  • In 2000, David began his law enforcement career with Lamar (Colorado) Police Department.
  • David was hired by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office in 2004.

Family: David is married with 2 children. David’s wife works as a teacher in Pueblo West where they have lived for the past 17 years. Sons – Landon (17) graduated from Pueblo West High School in 2022 and Logan (15) attends Pueblo West High School.


Increasing Responsibility of David Lucero at the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office

  • Patrol Deputy - 2004
  • Detective Juvenile Crimes and General -  2005
  • Sergeant Patrol - 2007
  • Inspector Internal Affairs - 2008
  • Detention Operations Captain - 2008
  • Patrol Captain - 2012
  • Law Enforcement Bureau Chief - 2015
  • Acting Sheriff / Undersheriff periodically - 2016-2021

Special Accomplishments

President of Colorado Jail Association, Technical Resource Provider (Instructor) US Department of Justice (NIC), FBI National Academy Graduate 271st Session, ACA Accreditation,  CALEA Standards inspection, over 2100 hours of professional law enforcement training, Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training Firearms Instructor, Community Policing Driven through leadership in Neighborhood Watch and Crime Stoppers and an experienced administrator with millions of dollars in budgeting experience.

Current Responsibilities

Served as the appointed chief over all aspects of law enforcement administration supervising two Captains and all Patrol Lieutenants, Sergeants and Deputies, the SWAT team, D.A.R.E. / S.R.O. Deputies, Traffic, Civil Fugitive, Canine (K-9) Unit, Investigations, Narcotics Unit, Sheriff’s Office at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and ACOVA (victims’ assistance). In November 2020, David assumed responsibilities as the Detention Bureau Chief and managed the facilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Board & Appointments

David has served on several boards in Pueblo and in the State of Colorado.  Locally, David was a board member of the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, Pueblo Rape Crisis, Pueblo Crime Stoppers as well as an adhoc committee member to the Pueblo Justice League of the Human Relations Commission.  David has been previously appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve on the Juvenile Justice Corrections Board.   David is involved in his community attending often both the Pueblo West and Pueblo Chambers of Commerce Meetings as well as the Latino Chamber of Commerce.  David serves with the Gideon Ministries and is an active member of his local church.  David and his family are involved in local scholastic sports to include School District 70 and the Rangers Soccer Programs. 

Experienced – Professional – Prepared Day One

Pueblo County commissioners appointed current undersheriff and Democratic candidate David Lucero to serve the final two months of Kirk Taylor’s term.

The Sheriff’s Office is an integral part of our community and plays a very important and unique role within the public safety community in Pueblo County. Our citizens deserve and trust that the Sheriff’s Office will provide quality services.

I am asking for your vote so we can continue to provide those services along with an enhanced emphasis in areas such as community and juvenile engagement. I believe in operating a law enforcement agency that focuses on the fair and equal treatment of everyone. As Sheriff, I pledge to work for the people and help keep Pueblo County a place that we can all be proud to call home while collaborating with the community to reduce crime and make our community safer for all.

  • Over 22 years of law enforcement experience
  • Rose through the ranks to achieve supervisory, administrative, and command positions
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Southern Colorado (CSU-Pueblo)
  • Over 2100 hours of professional law enforcement training
  • Graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy Session 271
  • Master’s in Public Safety, University of Virginia

As Your Sheriff, I Will:

  • Emphasize on community and juvenile engagement opportunities such as neighborhood watch and safety fairs.
  • Enhance the best practices of hiring and retaining quality employees.
  • Ensure we operate and maintain a safe detention center.
  • Continue to manage a fiscally responsible agency.
  • Expand and revitalize the Community Inmate Work Release Program.
  • Address behavioral health needs and help reduce recidivism.
  • Continue and enhance the current state of the mental health and substance abuse effecting our community.
  • Expand and increase traffic enforcement.
  • Explore opportunities to combine existing office resources by partnering with other local law enforcement agencies to reduce crime.


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