Community Safety, Engagement and Trust
Dave is the elected Arapahoe County Sheriff, and has proudly served in law enforcement for over 36 years in Colorado. He began his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and served with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for approximately twenty-two years. While he was at Jefferson County, he served in every division and earned increasingly important leadership roles up to the rank of Division Chief. In 2009, he was recruited by former Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson to bring his experience and skills to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, and Dave made that move in December, 2009.
As Sheriff, Dave has the responsibility of the entire Sheriff’s Office, which includes a budget of approximately $80M and over 700 employees. In addition to the Sheriff’s Office and Arapahoe County responsibilities, he also serves on numerous boards and committees such as the Aurora Mental Health Center, State of Colorado Correctional Treatment Board, Asian Pacific Development Center, Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Foundation, Arapahoe County Justice Coordinating Committee, Arapahoe County Long Range Budget Committee, United Metropolitan Forensic Crime Lab and the Colorado Commission on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. In the community, Dave is a member of the Centennial Rotary Club. Additionally, Dave has promoted a partnership with the University of Denver Daniels School of Business to create a Public Safety Leadership Development Program. This critically important venture is developing current and emerging leaders in public safety throughout the state of Colorado.
Dave earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado Denver. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, where he was elected Class President by his peers. Additionally, Dave had the unique opportunity to attend the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) in Quantico, Virginia.
Dave spent many years as a part-time faculty member/lecturer at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Dave received outstanding reviews from his students due to his ability to bring real life experiences into the academic environment at the University. Many of Dave’s former students have gone on to begin their law enforcement careers through the Denver metropolitan area and elsewhere. Dave was also the proud recipient of the Outstanding Lecturer in Criminal Justice School of Public Affairs Award.
Dave is a Colorado native and has lived here his entire life. He and his wife Linda have resided in the same Aurora neighborhood and home for the past twenty-three years. While Dave and Linda do not have children, they are very proud of all of their twenty-one nieces and nephews.