Jeff Shrader began his 29 year career with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in 1984 as a deputy assigned to the county jail. As the agency's first administrative sergeant, he coordinated a statewide forum to address juvenile violence, in addition to creating the department's first Citizens' Advisory Council and Citizens' Academy. In 1994, he attended the FBI National Academy as a sergeant, and has gone on to hold leadership roles throughout the Sheriff's Office.
Promoted to the rank of division chief in 1999, Jeff has overseen operations for all aspects of the department, including the Patrol Division, Investigations Division, Detentions Division and the Support Services Division, which included administering the organization's $90 million budget. He spearheaded the agency's community-based decentralization effort and the Strategic Management and Accurate Response Tactics (SMART JeffCo) program to improve agency services and response, and to enhance accountability for those services.
In his current role, Jeff is overseeing special projects, acting as the agency's representative for a $34.8 million renovation and construction project. When completed, this project will replace the Sheriff's complex's aging central plant systems, expand court holding space, and create a state-of-the-art forensic crime laboratory. Jeff's focus is on ensuring that the organization's needs are met, that on-going operational impacts are minimized during construction, and that the project stays within the budget allocated by the county commissioners.
Jeff is also collaborating to create a regional crime lab with other Jefferson County law enforcement agencies. The regional crime lab will open as the construction project draws to a close and will improve forensic crime evaluation services while minimizing cost impacts for the citizens each agency serves.
Jeff is a past team-lead assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and formerly an avocational Dale Carnegie Training instructor. He has served on the boards of several regional government services including serving since 2004 as a trustee on the board of Colorado Counties Officials and Employees Retirement Association - CCOERA, serving two years as board chairman. CCOERA, a defined contribution retirement program, manages more than $1 billion in assets and serves more than 17,000 participants.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management of Human Resources from Colorado Christian University and previously completed coursework towards a master's of business administration degree at Regis University.
Jeff Shrader has long-established roots in Jefferson County. His parents, both products of Jefferson County, returned to Lakewood, where he was raised, when he was two-years old.
Jeff has been an long-time active volunteer for Rebuilding Together Metro Denver, assisting individuals, typically elderly, who no longer have the skill or resources to stay in their home. Often he serves as a skilled captain, planning projects and leading volunteer work crews on major "rebuild days".
Jeff, has two adult daughters who live in the Denver area. He and his wife Jane live near Golden, are involved in church in Wheat Ridge and enjoy the outdoors, both short and long distance motorcycle rides and spending time with their family - especially their two granddaughters!