Command Staff

Sheriff Joseph Roybal

Sheriff Joseph Roybal began his career in October 1995. His assignments within the Detention Bureau have included Floor Security Deputy, Special Response Team member (serving seven years), Court Services Deputy at the El Paso County Courthouse, and Shift Sergeant at the Criminal Justice Center.

He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April 2010 and had the privilege to serve in various capacities within the Office. As a Sergeant, he served as Floor Security Supervisor, Internal Affairs Investigator, Assistant Public Information Officer, along with Concealed Handgun Program Supervisor.

Undersheriff Jeff Kramer

Jeff is a native of Colorado Springs and comes from a law enforcement family.  Both his father and uncle are retirees from the Colorado Springs Police Department and Jeff’s oldest son proudly serves in the profession as well.  Jeff’s law enforcement career began in the U.S. Army where he served as a Military Police Officer from 1992-1997 and garnered a strong background in special operations and traffic accident investigations.

Chief Andrew James

Andy began his law enforcement career with the Colorado Springs Police Department in October 1985, where he served in Patrol, Metro VNI, Tactical Enforcement Unit and the Training Academy.

After being promoted to Sergeant, Andy held assignments in Patrol, Property Crimes Unit, Tactical Enforcement Unit, Metro Vice, Narcotics, and Intelligence Unit, Municipal Security Division, and the Violent Crimes Unit.  He spent the last 3 ½ years of his 30-year career overseeing the Homicide, Cold Case, and Missing Persons Units.

Chief Andrew Prehm

Chief Prehm began his career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 2002.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2007, Lieutenant in 2012, Commander in 2018 and Bureau Chief in 2023.  He has been assigned to the Administrative, Law Enforcement and Detention Bureaus, holding many assignments including CJC Floor Security, Intake and Release, Court and Transport, Detentions Programs, Research and Planning, Background Investigations, Public Information, Administrative Services, Personnel, Emergency Services, Special Operations and Detention Operations.  In 2016, Chief Prehm was selected as a Police Executive Fellow by the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he was assigned to...

Chief Scott Deno

Scott Deno was raised in Colorado Springs and graduated from Rampart High School in 1996, and graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with his bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 2006.

Scott began his career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 2003, and served as a Detentions Deputy, Special Response Team Member, and Sergeant until 2012, when he transferred to Internal Affairs.  In 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and has held assignments in the Jail, Special Response Team Leader, Training, and Personnel Services.  In 2021, Scott was promoted to the rank of Commander and currently serves in the Administrative Services Division.


Commander Cy Gillespie

Cy T. Gillespie began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a United States Army Military Police soldier at Fort McClellan, Alabama.  Over the next twenty-one years he was posted to various peacetime and combat Military Police assignments in the Continental United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  In 2004 Cy was hired by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy designee and, upon his academy graduation, was assigned to the maximum-security Metro Jail, the Criminal Justice Center, and ultimately the Patrol Division. 

Commander Lari Hanenberg

Lari is a native of Colorado Springs and graduated from Wasson High School. She has an Associates Degrees in Criminal Justice with a discipline in Investigations and another Associates Degree with a discipline in Patrol.

She began her career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 1996. She has worked in the Administrative Bureau and the Detentions Bureau and has been assigned positions in Detention Security, Intake and Release, Court Services, Special Response Team Lieutenant, Inmate Programs, Internal Affairs, Public Information Officer, and is currently the Commander of the Professional Standards Division. 

Commander Ray Bernier

Ray served in the United States Army for 22 years and retired in Colorado Springs in 1999 after serving as the Deputy Provost Marshall at Fort Carson. He joined the Sheriff’s Office that same year and has enjoyed a diverse law enforcement career. His assignments include Detention Security, Detention Intake and Release, CALEA Accreditations, Administration, Human Resources, Investigations, Internal affairs, and as the Deputy Director of the Colorado Information and Analysis Center (CIAC).

Commander Mitch Mihalko

Commander Mitch Mihalko began his career at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) in April 2003. He has held assignments in detentions security, background investigations, community relations, patrol, and criminal investigations. During his tenure, he was an operational member of the Special Response Team, supervisory member of the EPSO Honor Guard, Academy Academics Instructor, and Academy Skills Instructor for the Office.

Commander David Manzanilla

David is a native of Caracas, Venezuela, but moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico when he was a toddler. David graduated from a high school specialized in music and left Puerto Rico when he joined the Army in 2003. David served overseas as an infantryman, before his unit was relocated to Fort Carson, Colorado in 2005. Moreover, David continued his military career in the Army Reserves while assigned to a training unit in Denver, Colorado.

Commander Eric Carnell

Eric Carnell was raised in McDonough, Georgia and graduated from Henry County Senior High School in 1990.  After serving in the US Army for 6 years, Eric Carnell began his career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 1997.  He earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and applied it toward a rewarding career in the Detention and Administrative Bureaus.

Executive Assistant Andrea Sloniker

Andrea Sloniker was born in 1976 and raised in Colorado Springs.  She attended Rudy Elem, Sabin Middle and graduated from Doherty High School in 1994.  Andrea started at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in 2013 as Records Technician and worked along with her mom until 2014 when she retired.  Andrea moved to Records Releases after 6 months until recently in 2018 when she moved to Sheriff Elder’s Executive Assistant.  

Staff Psychologist Sharon Trivette

Dr. Sharon Trivette began working at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 2009. Her duties include responding to critical incidents for all Bureaus (Law Enforcement, Detentions and Support Services), counseling services as needed, and teaching for In­-Service and Recruit Academy classes. Additionally, Dr. Trivette contributes to preventative care for all members of the Office, and serves on the Crisis Negotiations Unit.