"[A] wide range of observers... provocative and... unexpected dissenters joining the chorus of voices critical of the drug war." -- Westword, Alan Prendergast, May 20, 2004
About the Author
Bill Masters has served as sheriff of San Miguel County, Colorado (county seat, Telluride), since 1980. He is the author of Drug War Addiction: Notes from the Front Lines of America's #1 Policy Disaster (2001).
He and his wife, a paramedic, have four children between them.
Masters moved to Telluride in 1974 to work at the ski resorts. He soon took a job as a deputy for the town marshal, then moved into the position of marshal. He was appointed sheriff and has been elected to the position since then.
In 1998, Masters left the Republican party and became the nation's first Libertarian sheriff. He emphasizes limited government and personal responsibility.
In addition to writing, speaking, and serving as his county's top-ranking law officer, Masters also runs a private security company.