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 Joe Breister

Joe Breister began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a law enforcement specialist in the United States Air Force, stationed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. While assigned to Peterson Air Force Base, he joined the Colorado Springs Police Department Reserves serving as a Reserve Police Officer. Upon leaving active-duty, Joe was hired by the Winneconne, Wisconsin Police Department where he worked as a police officer and continued serving in the United States Air Force Reserves. In January of 1987, Joe began a 27-year career with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office as a deputy sheriff assigned to the Patrol Division. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June 1989...

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...

Administrator Larry Borland

Mr. Borland served in active duty in the United States Air Force from 1972 until 1975 as Security Police and in the Air Force Reserves from 1975 until1977 as Security Police and in the Office of Special Investigations.  He then worked at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office from 1979-1984. He was a Patrol deputy, then was promoted to Sergeant in the Administration Division where he started the crime analysis function.  He was also a part of the team that installed the first computers at the Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Borland was Manager of Fiscal and Support Services for the Colorado Springs Police Department from 1984-1995.  He was responsible for the management of the department...

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 Mitch Lincoln

Mitch Lincoln has served the citizens of El Paso County as a member of the Sheriff’s Office for 27 years. He brings a vast amount of experience having worked in all three Bureaus of the Office; Detention, Support Services and Law Enforcement. He began his career as a Deputy in the Detention Bureau; working in Intake and Release and in Floor Security where he was one of the founding members of the Special Response Team (SRT). He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he supervised in Intake and Release and Floor Security at the Criminal Justice Center (CJC) and the Metro Maximum Security Facility.

Commander Clif Northam

Commander Clif Northam is currently assigned to the Law Enforcement Bureau, Patrol Division. He is a thirty three year law enforcement veteran, beginning his career as a police officer in the Washington, D.C. area in 1982. Commander 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...

Commander Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch began his career in law enforcement as a volunteer in the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center in 1976 when he was 19 years old. Three months later, he was hired as a Dispatcher. Not long after he turned 21, he became a Patrol deputy and attended the Colorado Springs Police Department's Training Academy, earning his Colorado Peace Officer (P.O.S.T.) Certification. In 1982, he was assigned to the Patrol Division's Special Enforcement Detail, which targeted high crime areas, liquor enforcement, and focused on repeat criminals. Rich transferred to the Investigation Division in 1984. There, he worked a myriad of cases, from property crimes to homicides.

Commander Rob King

Robert (Rob) King is a 27 year veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office beginning his employment in June of 1988.   He has served under the past three sheriffs (Barry, Anderson and Maketa) and enjoyed assignments in the Detention Bureau, Support Services Bureau and Law Enforcement Bureau.   His most recent assignment of the past four years has been as the Patrol Division Commander. He was promoted to Commander in 2008, after serving 12 years as a Lieutenant.  During his numerous years with the Sheriff’s Office he has enjoyed many assignments throughout the Office which included but are not limited to; Detention Security (Metro and CJC), Court Services, Inmate Classification,...

Commander Tom DeLuca

Tom DeLuca started his career with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in April of 1988 as a Detention deputy.  He was hired with the expansion of the Sheriff’s Office and was assigned to the Criminal Justice Center (CJC) when it opened it's doors in the summer of 1988.  He was also was an original member of the Detention Bureau's Special Response Team (SRT).  This team quells any disturbances in the detention facilities.

He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September 1994 assigned to the Intake and Release Section.  He worked Floor Security, as well as Intake and Release in the Detention Bureau from 1994 until 1996.  In 1998, he transferred to the Support Services...

Commander Rodney Gehrett

Commander Rodney Gehrett started his career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in the Detention Bureau in June 1995. His assignments have included Court Services Deputy at the El Paso County Courthouse, Shift Sergeant at the Criminal Justice Center, and Accreditation Unit Sergeant within the Professional Standards Division.

He was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2001, and completed assignments as Training Director, Standards and Technologies Manager, and Public Information Officer. He was promoted to the rank of Commander in 2011, and is currently assigned to the Administrative Services Division.

Deputy Fire Warden John Padgett

Commander Padgett began his association with El Paso County Sheriff’s office in 2013 when he became a member of the Sheriff’s Office Command Staff. He has been actively redeveloping the relationships with the Counties’ fire departments, military bases, and regional contacts. He has worked with developing single resource dispatching for the local fire departments, as well as aiding in pre-disaster mitigation and planning for the County. He was also the project lead in developing the After Action Report for the Black Forest Fire. Upon being assigned to Emergency Services Division he reorganize and established uniform responses, directed updates to the County emergency operation plans,...

Fiscal and Compliance Services Manager Brian McPike

Mr. McPike began his career in law enforcement in 1995 as a Trooper with the Colorado State Patrol. He joined the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in September of 1996 as a Patrol Deputy, with specialty assignments in the Special Enforcement Division team and a member of the EPSO S.W.A.T. team. Mr. McPike served with the Greenwood Village Police Department from 2002-2007 as a Patrol Officer. In October of 2008, Mr. McPike joined the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Police Department, which culminated in his being appointed the Chief of Police and Executive Director of Public Safety in September of 2014, serving in that position until August of 2016.

Mr. McPike...

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.

Executive Assistant Natalie Sosa

Natalie Sosa began her career as an Emergency Services Dispatcher with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in July 2003.  During her time with the Office, Natalie was given the opportunity to serve in numerous roles.

Natalie was entrusted to train and guide new communications personnel as a Communications Training Officer.  She was the project lead for the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for the Communications Section.

Natalie was involved in the 911 Education Program and helped educate and promote 9-1-1 awareness to children and citizens at local schools and community events. She was a member of the 911 Hero Award Committee that...