Less than a month after his hiring, Greg Futch resigned as jail captain and, in his stead, Carl Smith has been appointed the newest captain of the Archuleta County Detention Center.
Futch began work for the jail on Feb. 1 and on Feb. 11 turned in a letter of resignation effective Feb. 25. Smith began his duties Monday, Feb. 28.
In the letter, Futch cited the need to be with his family as his reason for leaving.
“Family does come first,” said Sheriff Pete Gonzalez, adding, “I could tell that he knew he was making the right decision, but I could tell that he was truly disappointed and saw himself fitting in here.”
Gonzalez added that Futch did a “tremendous” job in his short time in Archuleta County and was instrumental in resolving the problems of providing health services to the jail’s inmates.
On Tuesday, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners approved a new services agreement with the Pagosa Family Medicine Center that more clearly defines the center’s care and cost of care for the jail’s inmates.
“That guy was a complete package,” Gonzalez said of Futch.
Futch’s successor, Smith, is yet another familiar face to many county residents, having worked with both the Pagosa Springs Police Department and Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office previously.
Smith, in his 36th year in law enforcement, worked in San Diego for 24 years before serving as detective and assistant chief for the PSPD over a span of seven years.
Smith worked as detective sergeant for Gonzalez for two years before becoming the deputy director of the Justice and Regulatory Department for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in 2009.
When Smith’s position was eliminated in January, he returned to the ACSO as a patrol deputy, serving in that capacity for only three weeks before his promotion to jail captain.
Smith hopes to bring the detention officers together as a cohesive team, with each taking a role in the betterment of the facility and its operations, he said in a Monday interview.
“I’m going to do an assessment of employees,” Smith said, with the interviews allowing him to compile a list of the facility’s strengths and weaknesses from the points of view of the officers.
Smith then hopes to “empower the detention officers to have ownership of the jail,” involving them in decision making and the prioritization of ideas to implement for change and improvement at the facility.
“That’s a good challenge,” Smith said. “I’m up for it, and excited about it.”