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Sheriff

Incoming El Paso County
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Russell Middle School
  • Palmer High School
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • CSPD Police Academy
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Incoming El Paso County ...
www.denverpost.com, 1 Jan 2015 [cached]
Incoming El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder gets a congratulatory kiss from fiancée Joy Mitchell after being sworn into office Wednesday.
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Incoming El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder gets a congratulatory kiss from fiancée Joy Mitchell after being sworn into office Wednesday. (Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
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Because Jan. 1 is a holiday, the swearing-in ceremony for Elder took place Wednesday. But his official stint as interim sheriff won't take effect until 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
Incoming Sheriff Bill Elder is ...
gazette.com, 31 Dec 2014 [cached]
Incoming Sheriff Bill Elder is sworn in as interim sheriff of El Paso County by Judge Gilbert Martinez at Centennial Hall on Tuesday, December 31, 2014. Elder was sworn in a couple of weeks early, because of the retirement of scandal plagued, Sheriff Terry Maketa. Elder's fiancé Joy Mitchell stood at his side during the swearing in ceremony. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Incoming Sheriff Bill Elder is sworn in as interim sheriff of El Paso County by Judge Gilbert Martinez at Centennial Hall on Tuesday, December 31, 2014. Elder was sworn in a couple of weeks early, because of the retirement of scandal plagued, Sheriff Terry Maketa. Elder's fiancé Joy Mitchell stood at his side during the swearing in ceremony. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Incoming Sheriff Bill Elder is sworn in as interim sheriff of El Paso County by Judge Gilbert Martinez at Centennial Hall on Tuesday, December 31, 2014. Elder was sworn in a couple of weeks early, because of the retirement of scandal plagued, Sheriff Terry Maketa. Elder's fiancé Joy Mitchell stood at his side during the swearing in ceremony. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Incoming El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder was sworn into office as the interim sheriff at Centennial Hall in Colorado on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. After being sworn in, he gets a kiss from his fiance, Joy Mitchell, and a standing ovation from the crowd. New Years Day will be his first day on the job and he said he will spend much of the day talking with his staff. Former scandal plagued El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa left office two weeks early, bringing about the early swearing in of Elder. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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The first official act of Sheriff Bill Elder was to swear in his new undersheriff, Joe Breister. Elder was sworn in as the interim sheriff of El Paso County after former Sheriff Terry Maketa left office two weeks early. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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The first official act of Sheriff Bill Elder was to swear in his new undersheriff, Joe Breister. Elder was sworn in as the interim sheriff of El Paso County after former Sheriff Terry Maketa left office two weeks early. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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The first official act of Sheriff Bill Elder was to swear in his new undersheriff, Joe Breister. Elder was sworn in as the interim sheriff of El Paso County after former Sheriff Terry Maketa left office two weeks early. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Bill Elder congratulates Mark Lowderman after his swearing in ceremony. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Incoming El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder is congratulated by County Commissioner Peggy Littleton after the swearing in ceremony. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Incoming El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder speaks to the press after his swearing in ceremony on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Incoming Sheriff Bill Elder is sworn in as interim sheriff of El Paso County by Judge Gilbert Martinez at Centennial Hall on Tuesday, December 31, 2014.
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Elder was sworn in a couple of weeks early, because of the retirement of scandal plagued, Sheriff Terry Maketa.
Bill Elder Mug Sized Right 2 ...
gopelpaso.com, 21 Nov 2014 [cached]
Bill Elder Mug Sized Right 2 08-12-14
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Bill Elder El Paso County Sheriff
Bill Elder has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 40 years and has been a registered Republican for over 20 of those years. He is a Life Member of the NRA and strong supporter of 2nd Amendment rights and an advocate for concealed carry permits. He has held leadership positions in the three largest law enforcement agencies in El Paso County: the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the Colorado Springs Police Department, and the Fountain Police Department.
The New Falcon Herald
www.newfalconherald.com, 1 Dec 2014 [cached]
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. He 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 said he 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.
Elder said he 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 said.
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There is a "significant" difference between law enforcement in a municipal government and law enforcement in a rural setting, Elder said. "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 said.
Elder said 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."
Elder 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 said. "We won't have to spend three years studying it; they'll be doing it, and it's what they do for a living."
Elder 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 said his department will hit the ground running with a ton of experience.
Experience
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Bill is uniquely qualified to be Sheriff, having held leadership positions in the three largest law enforcement agencies in El Paso County; the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the Colorado Springs Police Department, and the Fountain Police Department. He was raised in Colorado Springs, attended Russell Middle School, graduated from Palmer High School in 1975, and attended Pikes Peak Community College (EPCC at the time) and UCCS.
Bill began his career in public service in 1976 working with E&E and Mountain Valley Ambulance Services as a dispatcher and Emergency Medical Technician. His law enforcement career began as a volunteer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in 1978 He was hired full time in January 1979. He graduated from the CSPD Police Academy later that year. Bill spent the next 20 years serving under four different Sheriff's, holding assignments from Dispatcher, Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Along with many years as a patrol deputy, he was assigned to the Investigations Division, managed the Communications Center and both Civil & Fugitive Divisions. fter his promotion to Lieutenant, he served as a Patrol Shift Commander. His last assignment was in the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division. As a Lieutenant and an acting Captain, he supervised one of the largest multi-jurisdictional drug task forces in the state of Colorado.
During his 20 year career with the Sheriff's Office, he received numerous awards and commendations. He attended many specialized schools and Commander's programs across the country. Over the years, Bill has served on the following:
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After leaving the Sheriff's Office, Bill obtained his Colorado Real Estate License. He built and ran a highly successful real estate business. n 2010, Bill joined the Fountain Police Department as the Commander of Police Operations. He now holds the rank of Deputy Chief of Police, supervising all Law Enforcement functions for the agency. He continues to work on developing collaborative relationships with the regions' many law enforcement agencies, by researching new and innovative ways of working together. Bill's reputation as a proven law enforcement professional proceeds him each and every time he reaches out to collaborate with other public safety professionals.
Bill has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 40 years and has been a registered Republican for over 20 of those years. He will defend all of your Constitutional rights as an elected official. Bill is a Life Member of the NRA and strong supporter of 2nd Amendment rights and an advocate for concealed carry permits.
Bill Elder P.O. Box 25175, Colorado Springs CO 80936-5175 (719) 884-4300 elder4sheriff@comcast.net Committee to Elect Bill Elder for El Paso County Sheriff--Content copyright . ELDER4SHERIFF.COM. All rights reserved.
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