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On July 9, 2003, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners appointed Ted Mink sheriff of the county. The following year, Mink was elected sheriff in the November general election, and he was re-elected again in 2006.
Mink's law enforcement career began in 1973, when he became a deputy with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. Later that year, Mink left Boulder and joined the Arvada Police Department as an officer.
Mink would spend nearly three decades at Arvada PD, serving as an officer, investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, commander and deputy chief. In 1995, he was instrumental in forming the West Metro Drug Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional team designed to combat drug-related crime in and around Jefferson County. Mink was well known for his role on "Cop Talk," the department's monthly television program, where his "Punk of the Month" segment resulted in the arrest of nearly 70 percent of suspects featured.
Mink served for six months as undersheriff of Jefferson County before his appointment to sheriff. Since becoming sheriff, he and Undersheriff Ray Fleer have focused on community partnership and have implemented a wide variety of community-oriented policing programs, such as SMART Jeffco.
Other major initiatives under Mink’s direction have included:
Mink has a bachelor's degree in social sciences from the University of Northern Colorado and is a graduate of the Northwestern University Senior Police Management Institute.
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