About the Chief

Chief Al Simmons portrait

Chief Al Simmons

Al Simmons began his career in the jail on October 20, 1986, as a Control Deputy. He was soon promoted to Detention Deputy, which was a non-certified position. Sheriff Bray in 1990 selected a group of detention deputies to become POST certified. Al was part of that first group. Since his graduation from the academy, Al has served in every division of the department, either as deputy or supervisor.

Upon his academy graduation, he was assigned to Patrol where he served until 1993. This was followed by an assignment to the Crimes-Against-Children Unit in the Investigations Division. He later moved to the Homicide Unit.

While assigned to Investigations he became a member of the SWAT team. Along with the team he participated in numerous critical incidents, including response to Columbine High School. For the team’s actions that day he was awarded the Medal of Valor.

In 1999 he was promoted as a sergeant and served first in Patrol followed by Support Services and Detentions. In Patrol, he was a shift supervisor and then supervisor of the School Resource Officers. He later supervised the Internal Affairs Unit. In 2003 he was promoted to a lieutenant in Patrol where he was watch commander and backup SWAT commander. His first assignment as Captain in 2005 was to Detentions where he supervised numerous units including Court Security and Transportation. In Support Services, he was charged with managing the Professional Development Section and was the director of the law enforcement academy. Since 2012 he has managed the South Precinct of the Patrol Division.

Al is co-founder and current board member of the Employee Assistance Fund which is well-known for the financial aid it provides to employees in need. Most recently he has distinguished himself by his work on behalf of the mentally ill. He was instrumental in obtaining a Crisis Intervention Team Case Manager grant that provides for behavioral health clinicians provided by Jefferson Center for Mental Health to assist JCSO employees in dealing with the mentally ill before they become a danger in our community. For his forward-thinking and ongoing efforts he received the Professional Conduct Award and was recognized by the Good News Coalition. He also instructs Ethics and Leadership classes in the academy.

Al earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Colorado Christian University in 2004. In 2008 he attended the Senior Management Institute for Police. And in 2010 he graduated from the 242nd session of the FBI National Academy.

In August of 2016 Captain Simmons was appointed to the rank of Division Chief and assigned to command the Patrol Division.

In August of 2020 Chief Simmons was assigned to command the Investigations Division.