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 and became full time in January 1979. Bill spent the next 20 years serving under four different Sheriff’s, holding assignments from Dispatcher, Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant. From 2010 thru 2014 Bill served as the Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Fountain. He was elected as the 28th Sheriff of El Paso County in 2015.
Bill has lived in Colorado Springs since 1968. He raised 2 sons who attended CSCS and graduated from Palmer High. He spends time with his wife Joy, children and grandchildren enjoying everything this community has to offer. In addition to his 26 year public safety career, he owned and operated 2 small businesses over more than 14 years. His tenure in law enforcement and the business communities and his longevity in this county, has forged deep relationships including those with leaders in law enforcement and business, elected officials, as well as countless religious leaders. He says he rarely goes anywhere that he doesn't see someone he knows.
Bill has been a proud registered Republican for over 32 years! Bill Elder firmly believes in the Constitution's fundamental principles: limited government, separation of powers, individual liberties, and the rule of law. The primary role of government is to protect the God-given inalienable rights of its citizens. He was recognized as the "Republican of the Year" by the El Paso County Republican Party in 2015. He has long supported Republican candidates and ballot issues alike.
Serving as an elected offical is not for the weak at heart.....or stomach. At any given time, for a mutitude of reasons, you are either really popular or really unpopular with certain segments of the population. You develop thick skin to endure the day-in and day-out onslaught of falsities and half-truths spread about you, your Office, and your employees. My wife Joy, children and grandchildren have adjusted to my 60+ hour work week, media attention (good and bad) and constant concern for our safety because of my position. Make no mistake, this is what I signed up for! You have heard the phrase "it takes a village to raise a child." I have learned it takes a village to keep an elected official alive and in their right mind! Through all of the good and bad, I have been blessed by this community and the family of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to have "the best village" of support one could ask for. Thank you for allowing me to serve you as your Sheriff. Thank you for being my "village." I am truly humbled.
Sheriff Bill Elder
It is my absolute honor and privilege to serve you as the 28th Sheriff of El Paso County. It has been an exciting three years at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office as we continue to grow and adapt as an organization. I often liken my term as Sheriff to a football game. There are four quarters in an elected sheriff's term, and I am already near the fourth quarter! While we have accomplished so many things in such a short period of time, there is much more to be done. I pride myself and my administration in our tireless efforts to provide transparency to the public, fair treatment of employees, and enhanced services to the citizens of El Paso County.
Accomplished in short-order was the rebuilding of relationships with our regional law enforcement partners and community organizations. The citizens of El Paso County deserve nothing less than to have their local law enforcement and community leaders working together to accomplish the same goal......to build the safest and most vibrant community in Colorado and the nation.
While my first term as Sheriff yielded many outstanding accomplishments, I want to share with you what has resonated the most with me. We live in one of the most philanthropic regions in the country. I have been humbled by the sheer amount of volunteerism, donations, and heartfelt acts of the employees of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Whether participating in Shop-With-A-Cop events with sick children, running into freezing cold lakes for Special Olympics of Colorado or volunteering at many other fundraisers and special events throughout the year, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office members show up in force. The over 800 employees of the Sheriff's Office, despite the pressures of the job, despite the negativity projected on law enforcement across the nation, despite the challenges presented daily, show the utmost professionalism and investment into the safety of this community.
I cannot thank the community enough for the support shown to this Office and its employees. I could not be more proud and humbled to be the Sheriff of the finest law enforcement agency in the country, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and learn more about what was accomplished in my first term and what my goals and vision are for the next 4 years.
Sheriff Bill Elder
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