Currently serving as the deputy chief of the Fountain Police Department, Bill Elder will take over as the new sheriff of El Paso County in January.
ran unopposed in the November election.
Elder began his career in law enforcement in 1978 as a volunteer for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, and transitioned to a paid position a year later.
During his 20 years of service there, he spent three years working criminal investigations, five years as the commander of the narcotics unit and also worked many other jobs within the department, he said.
Elder left the sheriff's office in 1998.
In 2010, Elder
decided to get back into law enforcement and took the job as commander of patrol in Fountain, and later he
was promoted to his
current position as deputy chief.
decided to run for the sheriff's position because he
thought now was the right time to make a change.
"I felt like we could go back and do something to create a better, safer community," he
There is a "significant" difference between law enforcement in a municipal government and law enforcement in a rural setting, Elder
"It takes a different mindset to police in a rural community like eastern El Paso County
or Black Forest than it does to police in an urban setting like Stratmoor Hills or Widefield," he
recognizes that patrolling such a large area can be a challenge.
"We try to respond the way we patrol based on the actual need, and it's hard to guess that," he
said."If you base it on the types and natures of the calls for service, and schedule accordingly, you almost always miss something.
"In my staff, I've already spoken to the commander who will be my patrol commander, and have asked him to make it a priority to examine each district and see where we are light and where we are heavy - and make adjustments."
said there are ongoing talks about a substation in Falcon
because of the area's continued growth.
On the current issues within the sheriff's department, Elder
cited a lack of leadership.
"It absolutely can be fixed; it's just going to take some time," he
said The department is bringing in KRW Associates LLC
, a local company, to do an assessment of the agency and determine what is working and what is not, Elder
"We won't have to spend three years studying it; they'll be doing it, and it's what they do for a living."
said that every one of his
undersheriffs and deputies have worked at the sheriff's office for at least the last 12 months.
They each have a minimum of 17 years experience, with some touting up to 26 years of experience.
So, when Elder
is sworn in, he
department will hit the ground running with a ton of experience.