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Deputy Chief of Police

Phone: (719) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: b***@***.com
Fountain Police Department
222 North Santa Fe Ave
Fountain, Colorado 80817
United States

Company Description: The Fountain Police Department, in partnership with our community, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all.

Employment History

  • Lieutenant
    El Paso County Sheriff's Office
  • Lieutenant
    El Paso County
  • Sheriff
    El Paso County
  • Candidate
    Candidate for Sheriff of El Paso County
  • Captain
    United Parcel Service Inc.
  • Deputy Chief
  • Fountain's Deputy Chief
  • Deputy Chief
    Sheriff's Office
  • Dispatcher
    Sheriff's Office


  • Russell Middle School
  • Palmer High School
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • CSPD Police Academy
31 Total References
Web References
The CRP Difference, 26 Oct 2014 [cached]
Mr. Bill Elder, Deputy Chief Fountain Police Department 719-382-8555
Key endorsements: Bill Elder, ..., 30 Sept 2014 [cached]
Key endorsements: Bill Elder, Republican nominee, El Paso County sheriff; state Rep.
Current.puFV, 16 May 2013 [cached]
Bill Elder, currently the Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Fountain, has announced he plans
principles that Elder will invoke as the chief law enforcement officer in El Paso County. "I plan to lead by example," Elder said, "and to adopt fiscally conserva- tive policies while ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens."
Endorsements [cached]
GOP Legislators Stand Strongly For Bill Elder
Elder is the Constitutional Conservative
Four state legislators are in agreement: Bill Elder is the candidate to support for El Paso County Sheriff based on experience, integrity, and a Constitutional understanding of the law.
"Bill Elder is a principled conservative who will never back down in the fight to protect our Second Amendment Rights," stated Rep.
"Bill Elder understands that basic and most important mandate of the Sheriff and I feel confident that he will perform effectively as the next Sheriff of El Paso County."
Other legislators cited Elder's character and abilities.
"Bill Elder is an experienced and committed public servant and a man of integrity.
Rep. Lois Landgraf (HD-2) believes, "Bill Elder's background, experience, and 'street smarts' will serve the people of El Paso County very well when he becomes our next Sheriff. Elder is the only candidate who has been a clear advocate for Constitutional carry.
We overwhelmingly support Bill Elder and officially proclaim our endorsement of him.
In evaluating the three current candidates for El Paso County Sheriff, we stand proud in our endorsement and support of Bill Elder. His experience in law enforcement, belief in and plan for a regional approach to emergency preparedness, response and recovery, commitment to Constitutional principles and strong community relationships make him the strongest candidate for Sheriff.
As the current Deputy Police Chief of Fountain PD, and his 20 years in the Sheriff's Office, his combined law enforcement career of 24 years within this community speaks to his experience and commitment to public safety and his dedication to the community he proudly serves.
Bill is the leader we need to make this happen .
Bill Elder will be a Constitutional Sheriff fighting to preserve our Second Amendment rights, Habeas Corpus and the Civil Liberties of the citizens of El Paso County. He will continue the Concealed Carry Program and work toward taking the program a step further with potential legislative efforts to support Constitutional carry .
Bill Elder is a man of integrity, honor, and commitment to this community and all of us as citizens of El Paso County. For the reasons stated above, it is with great honor we proclaim our support and proudly endorse Bill Elder for Sheriff .
"I'm supporting Bill Elder for Sheriff because we need someone who will protect the citizens of El Paso County with strong leadership and real law-enforcement experience."
Bill Elder, current candidate for El Paso County Sheriff, and I have been associates for more than twenty years. After that much time, I can say I know Bill pretty well. My wife Patti and I support Bill because we believe he has all the necessary qualifications for the job: a strong work ethic, integrity, and experience.
Who am I to voice an opinion?Over the past 60+ years I have been an FBI agent, a CIA operative, a polygraph examiner, a volunteer cold case investigator for the EPSO and the CSPD, and a city manager in California. I've interacted with countless "cop shops" over the years-sometimes under the most difficult circumstances-and I know what a good department and good cops look like. Bill Elder has the same vision.
My wife, who taught in District 20 for 30 years, also knows what a good administrator looks like. he best of them surround themselves with highly competent assistants. ill Elder is doing exactly that. e has not only put together a reorganization plan for the Sheriff's Office, he has organized a leadership team of some of the finest law enforcement officers I have ever met to implement this plan.
Aschool administrator should know and remember what it's actually like to run a classroom. he same is true of sheriffs and chiefs of police. hey should have experience in every aspect of their subordinates' work, be it criminal investigations, vice and narcotics or even writing tickets!If law enforcement leaders don't have this broad background, how can they be true judges of genuine competence of those who work for them?A highly effective sheriff should maintain excellent communications outside his agency, too. ossibly the most important job for any law enforcement administrator is to work well with other agencies and the public. ill Elder is such a man, someone who takes communications and meeting the people very seriously. n fact, he enjoys it!
or that reason we hope you readers will give your support to Bill Elder for Sheriff.
I am pleased to go on record as endorsing Bill Elder for the Office of El Paso County Sheriff. Bill has worked effectively as Fountain's Deputy Chief of Police for three years, during which time he has had a positive impact on our community. He brings excellent credentials to this position, having spent over 20 years with the Sheriff's Office holding positions as diverse as dispatcher to patrol shift commander. I believe his background, experience, and "street smarts" will serve the people of El Paso County very well when Bill is our next Sheriff.
immediately thought of Bill Elder.
I had the pleasure to work with Bill at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office where as a Sheriff's Office Lieutenant, he led a joint unit organized by the Colorado Springs Police Department. his unit was comprised of El Paso County Sheriff's Deputies and Officers from the Colorado Springs Police Department. hrough Bill's leadership, the unit grew into one that was widely recognized as the best in the state. here was no question in my mind that Bill's ability to lead and foster these relationships was exactly what I needed.
I knew my departments' budgetary constraints would make it difficult to pull him away from his successful private sector career; but I also knew Bill has a heart for public service. e sat down and talked about the challenges, the hard work that needed to be done in Fountain, and the possible rewards for the community and the officers. ill eagerly took on the challenge and agreed to join me.His only request: "Let's work together on every issue".
Bill has been a leader at the Fountain Police Department since 2010. He is the only person I am aware of that has held significant leadership positions at the three largest law enforcement agencies in El Paso County.
Bill has developed and maintained new and innovative programs largely in part due to his experience in the private sector. e continually thinks outside the box, applying business and conservative budget philosophies to our operation. his skill set is rare in the law enforcement community. Combined with his established leadership ability, he stands out as person that can bring these valuable and diverse skill sets to the citizens of El Paso County.
Bill began his law enforcement career 1978 as a patrol deputy for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. e often refers back to those experiences when addressing challenges his officers face today. Bill utilizes superb interpersonal skills to solve problems. I have witnessed his professionalism and empathy as he talks to citizens in our community. ill's tough on crime mentality keeps his officers motivated and has increased the quality of life for the citizens of Fountain. ill's fiscally conservative foundation has served Fountain well, as he continuously searches for creative ways to solve budget matters.
As I reflect on the progress we have made over the past several years, I know our success is a reflection dedicated employees, involved citizens, and a receptive City manager and City Council. also know that much of our success would not have been realized without the leadership of Bill. e has built and maintained community relationships and provided exemplary leadership. e ensures our department works together both internally and with the community to solve problems, reduce crime, and increase the quality of life for the citizens of Fountain.
Bill continues to exude these qualities to me, our team members, and citizens each and every day. It is with extreme pride I give Bill my highest recommendation to be the next Sheriff of El Paso County.
Bill Elder P.O. Box 25175, Colorado Springs CO 80936-5175 (719) 884-4300 Committee to Elect Bill Elder for El Paso County Sheriff--Content copyright . ELDER4SHERIFF.COM. All rights reserved.
Investigation of Bill ..., 21 Feb 2014 [cached]
Investigation of Bill Elder
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says candidate Bill Elder's Internal Affairs file is missing and his personnel file has been destroyed as part of routine record purging. The lack of files raises the question: What is in Elder's past? A review of documents provided by Elder and the Sheriff's Office shows a sheriff's deputy who made some missteps but also rose through the ranks and was commended for his work.
The Sheriff's Office gave The Gazette more that 300 pages of documents related to misconduct in Elder's 19 years as a deputy. They include documents from another employee's Internal Affairs file, personnel records of Elder's and other documents. The majority of the papers concern a sergeant supervised by Elder who improperly calculated overtime in 1997, when Elder was a lieutenant in charge of the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence division. They are not an investigation of Elder.
The reports say the sergeant, Bill Claspell, under the guidance of Elder, paid deputies using the same formula as Colorado Springs police, which led to overspending on overtime by $2,220.63, and noted audits of 1994 through 1996 show "a similar pattern of abuse."
Elder described the issue as an accounting error with bookkeeping no one was properly trained to do. John Anderson, who is running against Elder, and Sheriff Terry Maketa, who has backed Anderson, said the overspending was a significant act of misconduct, and today Elder would be criminally charged for such an offense.
They said Elder resigned when the spending was discovered.
Elder said he resigned because he was being reassigned to work at the jail. He then worked in real estate for 12 years.
During the years before his resignation, performance evaluations provided by Elder show he earned top marks, and commanders said he was "outstanding. One wrote, "Words cannot express adequately my appreciation of the time, dedication and quality of work you have contributed."
The Sheriff's Office produced a letter of reprimand from 1985 that admonished Elder for being insubordinate to his superior, Lt.
Elder said it stemmed from a disagreement in which Elder was disrespectful to Joiner.
When the sheriff investigated, two deputies who support the candidate, Bill Elder, abruptly resigned after being given lie detector tests. Logic suggests Elder supporters stole the file to hide the dirt on their candidate, then resigned when questioned.
But Elder and the two deputies said there is no dirt to hide. Elder said he was never the focus of an Internal Affairs investigation in the 19 years he was at the Sheriff's Office. Instead, he said, his political opponents, who include the sheriff and undersheriff, could have taken the file to frame him - or reported what he calls a "phantom file" that never existed to make him look like a dirty cop and sink his candidacy.
"What better way to discredit me than to fabricate this whole thing and start an investigation? Elder told The Gazette.
"Bill Elder is a liar and corrupt," Maketa said last week in a text message to his longtime friend and former colleague Teri Goodall.
Elder said the race is contentious because of what's at stake: the jobs of Maketa's allies in the office and control of internal information that could shed light on the terms of Anderson and Maketa.
Elder worked for the Sheriff's Office until 1998 and is now deputy chief of the Fountain police.
Elder said he is not sure there ever was a file.
He has not been the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation, according to available records, and there is conflicting information about whether a file existed.
In 2010, when Elder applied to work for the Fountain police, Fountain did a background investigation that included requesting all files on Elder from the Sheriff's Office.
"There were no IA investigations where Elder was under investigation," said the background report, obtained by The Gazette through the Colorado Open Records Act.
Elder said he was never in traffic accidents as a deputy.
The Sheriff's Office maintains a database of every Internal Affairs investigation since 1995.
Peck said Elder is not in the database.
During the summer, while Presley was considering a run, two other candidates announced their bids: Jim Reid and Elder.
Elder worked his way up in the Sheriff's Office to lieutenant in charge of the vice, narcotics and intelligence division, before resigning in 1998 to go into real estate. In 2010, he joined the Fountain police.
In 2013, Elder picked up key endorsements, including District Attorney Dan May, and seemed to have the support of Maketa, too, according to Goodall, Maketa's longtime friend.
"I told him I was supporting Elder, and he said 'I'll probably end up supporting him, too,'? she said. "That was in September, long after he knew about this missing file. It did not seem to bother him then."
Former Sheriff Anderson also was leaning toward supporting Elder in September and met with Elder and his backers on several occasions, according to Anderson and Elder. Former Sheriff Anderson also was leaning toward supporting Elder in September and met with Elder and his backers on several occasions, according to Anderson and Elder.
"He told me it would be good if we were seen together," Elder said.
"I'm convinced the sudden split was over the audit," Elder said.
"When Elder brought up the idea of an audit, it did ring very hollow with me. It implies that there is criminal wrongdoing. And I don't have any belief at all there is anything illegal going on," he said.
In October, a few weeks after Elder mentioned the proposed forensic audit to Anderson, Anderson began telling people Elder was not a good candidate, interviews show.
Anderson told at least two deputies interviewed by The Gazette that Elder had paid out too much overtime in 1997 and had resigned when it was discovered.
Around the same time, Maketa went from considering supporting Elder to being against him.
He talked about how (Elder) was doing the overtime wrong.
The first week of December, Maketa restarted the dormant investigation of Elder's missing file.
Gerhart had also announced his support for Elder.
The Sheriff's Office also gave the media 350 pages of background information on Elder, including an Internal Affairs investigation of his subordinate, Claspell, marked "CONFIDENTIAL, DO NOT COPY."
Elder: Nothing to hide
On Jan. 30, The Colorado Springs Independent published an article about the file. Just over a week later, on Feb. 6, Elder sat for an interview with The Gazette in his lawyer's office. He denied having anything to do with the file and said that while his past was not perfect, he had nothing to hide.
"Honestly, I don't know what's going on," he said.
"Elder, Todd Evans, and his minions are out to steal this election."
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