A year before he retired in 2002 he had been declared national sheriff of the year.
He is being held on $500,000 bail on charges of providing meth to recovering male addicts for sex. In charge of the third largest county in the state, with a population of more than 500,000, he had been one of the most highly regarded public servants.
Investigators began tracking him after getting a call saying an "old guy" was trying to get his roommates back on drugs. When Sullivan was told the residents would call the police he said,"...I am the police."
A sting was set up and he was caught, possessing meth. He told detectives he was part of a statewide meth drug task force to help druggies clean up. No such task force exists, the Denver Post reported.
Because of his association with so many county employees, in courts, jails, law enforcement, the trial is going to be very difficult.
Even tricker might not be the jail name. It's not like renaming a football stadium when a company that bought the name goes out of business.
Will anyone want to buy the right to rename the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility?