Pueblo County Sheriff Dan Corsentino made his first public statements Tuesday, conceding the race, and acknowledging Kirk Taylor as the new sheriff.
Corsentino and Taylor held a joint news conference, and Sheriff Corsentino made it very clear that he plans to help Sheriff-Elect Taylor through the transisiton.
The two men came into the press conference together, both made brief statements but didn't take any questions from the media.
Coresentino then took Taylor on a tour of the facilities and introduced him to the staff.
Corsentino has contended that he would wait to concede the election to Taylor until all of the ballots had been counted.
There are still about 1500 absentee ballots that still need to be counted, but with the margin between the two at more than 8,000 votes it appears Corsentino is ready to hand the keys to the office over to Taylor.
"I accept the decision of Pueblo County voters and pledge to work towards a seemless transition for the good of all the people in Pueblo County" said Corsentino.
There had been some speculation that Corsentino would ask for an investigation into the election, but according to the Secretary of State's office, there has been no formal request for one.
Taylor's official swearing in as the new Pueblo County Sheriff will take place on January 16th.