Jefferson County Sheriff and long-time county resident Jeff Shrader recently announced his candidacy for re-election in 2018. Sheriff Shrader stated, “I am proud of what we have accomplished at the JCSO during my tenure as sheriff. Candidly, I have more to do.”
Since being elected sheriff, Shrader has:
- Improved employee retention through enhancing 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 and issue time to amongst the lowest in the state.
- Protected children with CHEEZO – the child predator enforcement team.
“Four years-ago I asked JeffCo voters for their trust and support with a focus on keeping our residents and visitors safe, keeping our schools safe for our children and protecting our individual freedoms. My passion for these principles has not diminished,” said Sheriff Shrader.
During his next term, Shrader is focused on:
- Advocating for public safety resources to remain a priority in the County budget.
- Improving both transparency and safety for deputies by requiring field deputies to wear body cameras.
- Utilizing civilian data experts to improve the operational efficiency of resources.
- Engaging communities of interest with non-traditional policing strategies to lower crime rates.
- Enhancing services in the jail for individuals that exhibit mental illness and drug use.
- Supporting victims of domestic violence and elder abuse with comprehensive services.
Shrader is a 33-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office with 28 years of leadership experience. Prior to being elected sheriff in 2014, Shrader oversaw operations 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.
The Sheriff’s Office has 829 employees and is supported by nearly 300 volunteers. The Sheriff’s budget is approximately $99 million.