Jefferson County, CO. – Today, May 19, 2020, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader is swearing in eight lieutenants who were promoted to the rank of commander, and one manager who was promoted to the new position of Detention Support Director. All nine promotions became effective on April 19, 2020 and are part of an organizational restructuring plan that is expected to save the Sheriff’s Office approximately $750,000 annually.
The restructuring plan establishes the rank of commander while eliminating the rank of captain and phasing out the rank of lieutenant. Eventually, instead of 9 captain positions and 14 lieutenant positions, the JCSO will have 16 commanders to serve as second-level supervisors above the rank of sergeant. The plan also eliminates the position of Detentions Programs Manager and reduces the Crime Prevention program by one authorized position.
Sheriff Shrader explains that “Prior to COVID-19, the county was projecting another multi-million dollar budget deficit for the General Fund in 2021. In anticipation of this second round of budget cuts for the Sheriff’s Office, we made the decision this year to flatten the organization by eliminating one sworn supervisor rank. Now, with the COVID crisis further impacting local government revenue, the county must be more diligent than ever in its efforts to prioritize public safety and conserve financial resources.”