Biography

Sheriff Jeff ShraderSheriff Jeff Shrader portrait

Jeff Shrader began his career with the JCSO in 1984 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 825 men and women of the JCSO and the nearly 300 volunteers who provide valuable support to the sheriff’s office’s mission. He has also been effective in administering the organization’s $110 million budget, continuously seeking ways to improve the agency’s services and efficiencies.

Sheriff Shrader is involved in many professional organizations, serving as a board member for County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC) and as an active member of Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA). In the spring of 2019, he was invited and began to serve on Governor Polis’ COVID Task Force as a respected member and representative of law enforcement. 

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 growing up here, Sheriff Shrader raised two daughters who continue to live in the Denver area with their families. He and his wife Jane live near Golden and enjoy motorcycle rides and spending time in the mountains - especially with their family, to include two granddaughters, twin grandsons and their most recent addition, a third grandson. 


Major Accomplishments

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 the 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” program to enhance safety and security in our houses of worship
  • Reduced concealed handgun permit fees to among the lowest in the state and expedited the permitting process
  • 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
  • Established the CHEEZO child predator enforcement team within the JCSO when its existence became threatened at a partner agency
  • Introduced jail initiatives to help reduce recidivism, including creation of the Behavioral Health and  Veterans Housing units, implementation of Moral Recognizance Therapy, and establishment of a re-entry program
  • Established a Family Crimes Unit dedicated to crimes such as domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and human trafficking
  • Managed significant budget reductions by navigating through difficult service-level decisions while always keeping public safety the top priority
  • Managed internal and external changes to address the COVID-19 pandemic to include remote working, enhanced arrest standards, hazard pay, and a Public Safety Partner Committee composed of all law enforcement, fire, and public health partners within the county