Joe Pelle (2003-Present)
Sheriff Joe Pelle took office in January 2003. Joe is a Colorado native who grew up in Boulder, graduating in 1977 from Fairview High School. Sheriff Pelle has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from Metropolitan State College. He has been a peace officer in Boulder county since 1980, and has worked at both the Sheriff’s Office and the Boulder Police Department prior to being elected. In 1999 Joe studied at the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, (sponsored by the Police Executive Research Foundation).
Joe is married and has two grown children. He lives in rural Boulder County near Longmont. His interests include horses, fly fishing, and hiking. He spends a lot of time and energy working on his “mini-ranch” during his off duty hours. He has been very active in community activities over the years including coaching youth sports, being a 4H leader, a County Fair Board member and president, and an active member of his church in Longmont.