About Jeff




Decades of Honorable Service

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 service and efficiencies.

Jeff 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.  He has two adult daughters who live with their families in the Denver area.  He and his wife Jane live near Golden.  They enjoy spending time with their large and extended families – especially their two granddaughters and identical twin baby grandsons!

The safety of our citizens requires a sheriff who is an experienced leader.  Jeff Shrader has that experience.  He is that leader.


Pete Weir, District Attorney - Jefferson and Gilpin Counties

See what has been accomplished by the JCSO under Sheriff Shrader’s leadership:

Mission of the JCSO

Developed clearly stated mission, values and vision statements to unite members of the JCSO in purpose with a symbol of pride and strength.

Leadership Development Series

Instituted a Leadership Development Series to ensure clarity and consistency of mission and promote the proper role of government and public safety in our communities.

Employee Retention

Maintained excellence of service by improving employee retention through competitive deputy sheriff compensation.

Safety in Faith Summit

Instituted the county-wide Safety in Faith Summit to enhance safety and security in our houses of worship.

Concealed Handgun Permit Fees

Reduced concealed handgun permit fees to amongst the lowest in the state and the time it takes to issue them.

Establishing JeffCom 911 Center

Worked with other public safety officials to improve county-wide safety and reduce taxpayer burden through establishing JeffCom – the regional 911 dispatching center.

County Jail Safety

Elevated safety in the county jail by developing career-tracked opportunities for employees in the detention function and hiring a professional detention administrator.

CHEEZO Child Predator Enforcement Team

Protected our children by establishing the CHEEZO child predator enforcement team as part of the JCSO when its existence was threatened.