About the Chief

Chief Del KleinschmidtHead shot of Patrol Division Chief Del Kleinschmidt

Del Kleinschmidt has received over 40 commendations from citizens, schools, and many others. During his career, he helped develop the SWAT K-9 program, exhibited exceptional heroism during the Columbine High School shooting, and established training for deputies on wildfire response and unified command. From the 2008 Democratic National Convention to the Marshall Fire in December 2021, he routinely manages the JCSO’s response to large events, disasters, and incidents. He is known for his ability to lead with knowledge, experience, and empathy.