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The Board of County Commissioners selected Commander Jaime FitzSimons to succeed John Minor as Summit County Sheriff
Contact:Thomas Davidson, Chair, Board of County Commissioners970-333-9817, Thomas.Davidson@SummitCountyCO.gov
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Board of Commissioners has appointed Summit County Sheriff’s Office Commander Jaime FitzSimons to serve as the next Summit County Sheriff. FitzSimons was sworn in immediately following the board’s meeting Friday morning.
“Commander FitzSimons stood out to me for his passion for the community, and I am really impressed by his clear commitment to collaborating with partners inside and outside Summit County,” Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “That commitment to relationship-building in the community was evident through the overwhelming volume of support we heard for Jaime’s candidacy.”
FitzSimons has served in the Summit County Sheriff’s Office since 2006, when he joined the organization as a deputy. He was promoted to a detective position in 2006 and assumed the position of commander in 2008. As commander, he has been responsible for the organization’s Operations Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Special Operations Division and SWAT. He also served as a liaison to numerous community organizations, including local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies, county departments, Summit School District and local municipalities.
“I’d like to thank the commissioners for placing their trust in me – I’m incredibly honored and humbled by this appointment,” FitzSimons said. “I want the citizens of Summit County to know that I am committed to serving them with the utmost enthusiasm, dedication and respect.”
FitzSimons began his law enforcement career in 1990 as a police officer at the Los Angeles Police Department, followed by positions there as sergeant and detective. FitzSimons has received Peace Officer Standards and Training certifications in California and Colorado and is a NIMS-certified Type 3 Operations Section Chief. He graduated from FBI Command College in 2008.
FitzSimons received an outpouring of support from leaders throughout Summit County and beyond. Those who expressed their written support for FitzSimons to the BOCC described him as driven, dedicated, diligent, creative, enthusiastic, compassionate and “a man of the highest standards.” Many commended him for his commitment to collaboration with partner organizations and his emphasis on earning and maintaining the public’s trust.
“Jaime really knocked it out of the park, in my opinion,” Commissioner Dan Gibbs said. “I’m really impressed by what he brings to the Sheriff’s Office through his 15 years with LAPD. He’s seen some unbelievably tough situations, and he’s been immersed in one of the largest law enforcement organizations in the country. And his depth of experience here in Summit County is very impressive as well.”
Sheriff’s Office personnel are scheduled to be sworn in under the new sheriff at 1p.m. today at the Summit County Commons in Frisco.
In order to retain the Summit County Sheriff post past January 2017, FitzSimons must receive the support of Summit County voters this November; he has stated his intention to run. Upon election, he would serve a term of two years. The office will be up for election again in November 2018.