Sheriff Jeff Shrader
Jeff Shrader began his 33-year career with the JCSO as a deputy assigned to the county jail. Prior to being elected sheriff in 2014, Sheriff Shrader oversaw operations as chief of each of the four major divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute, an executive development program for the largest law enforcement agencies in the country.
Sheriff Shrader has proactively led the 829 men and women of the JCSO and the nearly 300 volunteers who provide valuable support to its mission. He has also been effective in administering the organization’s $100 million budget, continuously seeking ways to better the agency’s services and efficiencies.
Sheriff Shrader has long-established roots in Jefferson County. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management of Human Resources from Colorado Christian University and has completed coursework towards a Master’s of Business Administration at Regis University. In addition to being raised here himself, Sheriff Shrader raised two daughters who continue to live in the Denver area with their families. He and his wife Jane live near Golden, are active in their church in Wheat Ridge, and enjoy motorcycle rides and spending time with their family– especially their two granddaughters and identical twin grandsons!
Since being elected Sheriff, Jeff Shrader has:
- Developed clearly stated mission, values, and vision statements to unite members of the JCSO in purpose
- Instituted a "Leadership Development Series" to ensure clarity and consistency of JCSO's mission and to promote the proper role of government and public safety in our community
- Maintained excellence of service by improving employee retention through competitive deputy sheriff compensation
- Instituted the county-wide "safety in Faith Summit" to enhance safety and security in our houses of worship
- Reduced concealed handgun permit fees to among the lowest in the state and reduced the time it takes to issue a permit
- Worked with other public safety officials to improve county-wide safety and reduce taxpayer burden through the establishment of "JeffCom," the regional 911 dispatching center
- Elevated safety in the county jail by developing career-track opportunities for employees in the detentions function and by hiring a professional detentions administrator
- Protected our children by establishing the CHEEZO child predator enforcement team within the JCSO when its existence became threatened