City Employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination prior to starting employment.

The City and County of Denver is seeking a candidate for the position of Major to help lead the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD).  Founded in 1858, Denver is the capital of Colorado and has a consolidated city and county government.  Denver is known for its natural beauty, great food, amazing weather, a diverse and flourishing cultural scene and a true focus on quality of life. The DSD is the largest sheriff department in the State of Colorado.

The DSD is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Major, which will be appointed by the Sheriff. The DSD is comprised of two divisions, Administration and Operations, and has an extremely diverse staff with over 1,000 uniformed and non-uniformed members.  The DSD operates two separate jails and performs law enforcement/public safety functions for the District and County court systems.  The DSD executes state inmate transportation and national extradition duties, has fugitive and K-9 units, operates the vehicle impound facility, as well as security at Denver Health Medical Center and runs inmate programming and services.

Majors manage an operational and/or functional area in the Denver Sheriff Department by performing elements of executive supervision and recommending and implementing plans, procedures, policies, programs and projects.  They assist the Chiefs in performing management level work throughout the Agency.

The Major will report to a Chief and help guide the DSD in support of its mission: to provide safe and secure custody for those placed in its care and to perform all duties in a manner that is responsive to the needs of Denver’s diverse community. They will act as servant leaders in embracing and valuing excellence in performance, teamwork, respecting individual human dignity and ensuring organizational accountability.  They will be expected to build a culture of ethics, equity, diversity and inclusion within their areas of responsibility, while fostering collaboration and trust among employees and community partners.


Denver’s Sheriff appoints both positions in coordination with the Executive Director of Safety.

Requirements include:

  • Minimum of three (3) years of command level (captain or above) leadership experience in a law enforcement agency with a corrections component, similar in size, complexity, and budget as the Denver Sheriff Department.
  • Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET or TASC Certificate.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and engage in conflict resolution to promote safety and reform.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees, community groups, and the public.
  • Ability to create an environment that promotes and supports ethics, professionalism, respect, transparency, legitimacy, procedural justice, and accountability.
  • The salary is set by ordinance and is complemented by an excellent benefits package.  The City and County of Denver champions diversity and is committed to equality in its government, community and its workforce. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidates will be committed to the philosophy of leading with humanity while supporting and working with employees and employee groups; advancing racial justice and criminal justice transformation and will bring a demonstrated history of leadership in a sheriff’s or corrections department.