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 from Dispatcher, Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Along with many years as a Patrol deputy, he was assigned to the Investigations Division, managed the Communications Center, Civil and Fugitive Units. After his promotion to Lieutenant, he served as a Patrol Shift Commander. His last assignment was in the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence (Metro VNI) Division. As a Lieutenant and an acting Captain, he supervised one of the largest multi-jurisdictional drug task forces in the state of Colorado.
During his 20 year career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, he received numerous awards and commendations. He has also served on many boards and committees to include 9-1-1 Emergency Response Policy Board of Directors, Not One More Child Coalition, Regional Elder Abuse Task Force and Domestic Violence Coalition of the Pikes Peak Region.
After leaving the Sheriff’s Office, Bill obtained his Colorado Real Estate License. He built and ran a highly successful real estate business. In 2010, Bill joined the Fountain Police Department as the Commander of Police Operations and subsequently was appointed as Deputy Chief of Police, supervising all Law Enforcement functions for the agency.
Bill Elder was elected as the 28th Sheriff of El Paso County in November 2014.