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    Sheriff Ted MinkOn 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.

    • Modeled after the New York Police Department’s Compstat model, SMART Jeffco is a proactive approach to solving crime and quality-of-life problems.
    • It requires staff to analyze crime statistics, trends and contributing factors and implement preventive plans quickly to attack the problem at its source.
    • An emphasis on creativity in problem solving ensures that deputies use all available resources to prevent and solve crimes.


    Other major initiatives under Mink’s direction have included:

    • Opening a precinct office for south Jeffco, the county’s most populous area (2005). The south precinct at 8100 Shaffer Pkwy. in the Ken Caryl area offers a variety of services to the public.
    • Bolstering the department’s crime-prevention team. Today a team of three deputies and a part-time child safety instructor dedicate their time to citizens and neighborhood groups — educating, informing and empowering residents and business owners on crime prevention.
    • Targeting high-accident areas and school zones for traffic education and enforcement, resulting in a 44 percent reduction in accidents countywide from 2005 to 2009.
    • Creating a cold case unit (2005). To date, this unit has solved two murders from the 1980s, followed by a conviction for the killer of both victims. The cold case unit continues to work on Jeffco’s unsolved homicides.
    • A major overhaul of suicide-prevention procedures in the Jefferson County Jail, resulting in fewer in-custody deaths.
    • Bringing a DNA expert to the department’s crime lab. A full-time DNA analyst on staff speeds the investigative process and ensures more thorough analysis of evidence in a wider variety of cases.
    • Establishing an online sex offender map and crime map. These online tools are at citizens’ fingertips, ensuring that any county resident can stay informed about crime and potentially dangerous persons in his or her neighborhood.
    • Introducing the community-oriented government model to Jefferson County government agencies — a push for better communication and enhanced services for citizens.
    • Six accreditations for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office through independent auditors-Commission on Accreditation for law enforcement Agencies (CALEA), American Correctional Association (ACA), National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) and American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD).


    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.

    Work Experience

    • Sheriff, Jefferson County, Colorado (July 2003 - present)
    • Undersheriff, Jefferson County, Colorado (January 2003 - July 2003)
    • Deputy Chief of Police, Arvada P.D., Colorado: (November 1998 - January 2003)
    • Commander, Arvada P.D., Colorado: (May 1995 - October 1998)
    • Lieutenant, Arvada P.D., Colorado: (November 1984 - April 1995)
    • Sergeant, Arvada P.D., Colorado: (September 1980 - October 1984)
    • Investigator, Arvada P.D., Colorado: (September 1977 - September 1980)
    • Police Officer, Arvada P.D., Colorado: (September 1973 - August 1977)
    • Deputy Sheriff, Boulder County S.O., Colorado: (January 1973 - September 1973)



    • B.A. in Social Sciences, University of Northern Colorado (1972)
    • Graduate of the Northwestern University Senior Police Management Institute