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Elias Diggins

Sheriff, Denver, Colorado

Elias Diggins was sworn in as the Sheriff of Denver, Colorado, in July 2020. He has been with the Denver Sheriff Department since 1994, holding all uniform ranks during his career. 

He is a past-president of the American Jail Association (AJA) and a Certified Jail Manager. During his term as AJA President, Elias introduced an initiative titled “Gender Equity in Jails Across America,” which has been adopted by the Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections. 

He is the recipient of the Legacy Award from the Association of Women Executives in Corrections. In his administration, he created a cabinet-level position titled, “Chief of Mental Health Services,” hiring a licensed psychologist to fill the role.