Command Staff

Sheriff Bill Elder

Bill Elder was raised in Colorado Springs, attended Russell Middle School, graduated from Palmer High School in 1975, and attended Pikes Peak Community College, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

His law enforcement career started as a volunteer with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 1978. He was hired full time in January 1979, and graduated from the Colorado Springs Police Academy later that year. Bill spent the next 20 years serving under four different Sheriff’s, holding assignments as Dispatcher, Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Along with many years as a Patrol deputy, he was assigned to the Investigations Division, managed the Communications...

Undersheriff Joseph Roybal

Undersheriff 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.

Chief of Staff Janet Huffor

Janet Huffor began her career in the public sector by serving as the 4th Judicial District Assistant Jury Commissioner from 1998-2001. She served on many volunteer committees within the court system and received recognition for her efforts from CACE (Colorado Association of Court Employees).

After working in the private sector for several years, Janet was hired by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office as a Detention Specialist. She then successfully completed the El Paso County Sheriff's Office POST Certified Training Academy becoming a Deputy Sheriff working in the Criminal Justice Center (CJC), serving as a DTO (Detentions Training Officer) and Background Investigator.  In...

Chief Brad Shannon

Brad Shannon began his career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in April of 1987, and served as a Patrol deputy for the first four years of his career. In February 1991, he transferred to the Investigations Division where he served as a Detective for the next seven years of his career. During his tenure in Investigations, he investigated property crimes, sex crimes against children and homicide cases.  In 1996, he was selected to become a Bomb Technician for the Colorado Springs Metro Explosives Unit. He continued to serve the Office as a Bomb Technician until he resigned from the Unit in 2008.

Chief Clif Northam

Chief Clif Northam is currently assigned to the Detentions Bureau. He is a thirty three year law enforcement veteran, beginning his career as a police officer in the Washington, D.C. area in 1982. Chief Northam has been employed with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office since January 1994. He has served in numerous areas within the Sheriff’s Office to include; Patrol, Training Coordinator, Training Academy Instructor, Community Policing/HICOP, FTO, FTO Program Coordinator, Public Information Officer, CJC Floor Security and Court Services Lieutenant. He was designated a Colorado Master Field Training Officer by the County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC). He has also instructed courses on...

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.

Commander 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.

Commander Andrew Prehm

Commander 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 and Commander in 2018.  He has been assigned to all three bureaus, holding assignments in CJC Floor Security, Intake and Release, Court and Transport, Detentions Programs, Research and Planning, Background Investigations, Public Information, Administrative Services, Personnel and Special Operations.  In 2016, Commander Prehm was selected as a Police Executive Fellow by the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he was assigned to the Executive Staff of the Assistant Director for the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters.   ...

Commander Cy Gillespie

Cy Gillespie began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a United States Army Military Police soldier at Fort McClellan, Alabama.  He was posted to various peacetime and combat assignments in the Continental United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East over the next twenty-one years.  Cy gained vast experience as a patrolman, physical security sentry, criminal investigator, special weapons and tactics team leader, undercover investigator, police supervisor, protective service supervisor, squad leader, platoon sergeant, senior drill sergeant, and drill sergeant instructor.  Cy was also the president of the Fort McPherson Chapter of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club...

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 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 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.

Director Garth Littrell

Director Garth Littrell is currently assigned to the Administrative Bureau. He leads the Support Operation Division overseeing the Communication Center, Information Technology, Records Unit, Concealed Handgun Permits Unit, and the Civil Unit.  He joined the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in January 2016 as an Information Technology Program Manager tasked with implementing the Law Enforcement Records Management System for the Sheriff Office as part of the Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Records Management System Initiative.

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.