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, helped with the design of the new office of emergency management, facilitated law enforcement response to the flooding potential along Highway 24 and began utilizing resources from the public safety tax to improve fire investigation responses in the County. Before coming to the Sheriff’s office, Commander Padgett has had an extensive background in Emergency Services. He accomplished this through serving and training with several police, fire, EMS, County and federal agencies for over 28 years. His professional experience includes being a Chief Fire Officer, as well as the Department Head of the Emergency Preparedness Division, the Training Division and the Paramedic Division. He also served as his department’s representative for hazard mitigation, which included response training, evaluating and planning for events such as floods, mass casualties, and wildland fire responses.
Commander Padgett was a state certified paramedic for over 20 years and participated in and or taught numerous technical education classes ranging from hazardous material training, Incident Command Training and FEMA integrated Emergency Management Training. Commander Padgett has been a state vocational instructor for the Associate of Applied Science studies in fire science and fire prevention technologies and has been in command of numerous recruit training academies. He holds a certificate of compliance for Fire Officer four which is one of the highest certification levels available for fire officers. He has also been a member of numerous special teams. These included the Dive Rescue Team, Hazardous Material Team, Search and Rescue, and the Wildland fire team. His command experiences range vastly from the daily emergency responses to large wildland fires, the mass school shooting at Columbine high school, gasoline tanker fires, hazardous material incidents and technical rescues.
Commander Padgett also has been a guest speaker and instructor for various institutions around the state such as the Colorado School of Mines, Channel 7 news engineers, and the Jefferson County school system. He has been active with volunteer firefighter training, the Channel 9 health fair and was a Civil Service Committee liaison representative. Commander Padgett has helped out on large events such as when “Summit of Eight”, came to visit Colorado, the Pope’s visit, and was one of the Chief Officers involved with and during the day of the Columbine shooting, in Littleton, Colorado. He has received numerous public letters of appreciation, and thanks throughout his career. He was presented with a special Incident Commander Award as Chief Officer and Incident Commander, for his command of a large extensive gasoline tanker fire. Commander Padgett has also received the Distinguished Service Medal from his previous employer.