Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons leads the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, where he directs the work of 73 dedicated law enforcement and civil employees in their duties to serve the residents and visitors of Summit County, Colorado. He first joined the organization in 2006.
Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons’ local law enforcement career began in 2005 with the Summit County 911 Center. In 2006, Sheriff John Minor recruited him to join the Summit County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. Jaime was promoted to Detective in 2006, drawing on his complex criminal investigation expertise gained with the Los Angeles Police Department.
In 2008, Jaime was promoted to the rank of Operations Division Commander, overseeing Patrol, the Criminal Investigations Division and Special Operations. He also filled the roles of both Sheriff and Undersheriff in their absence. In 2013, he took on the added responsibility of leading the Summit County Combined Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).
Jaime was appointed to Sheriff in 2016 and was elected to the position by voters in November of that year. He has spent his career building and maintaining partnerships and collaborative relationships with numerous local agencies and organizations, as well as state and federal agencies. Currently, Jaime serves on 16 boards and commissions, and has been recognized for his dedication to mental health in Summit County. He recently earned accolades from local leaders and residents for leading his team and initiating an immediate response to the June 2018 Buffalo Mountain wildfire.
Jaime lives with his wife of 28 years, Lena, and the couple have two grown children who also call Summit County home. This summer, Jaime and Lena celebrated the wedding of their son at Breckenridge’s St. Mary’s Church.
Sheriff FitzSimons has traded his surfboard for skis, but still enjoys skateboarding. He is also an avid outdoorsman who also enjoys hiking, mountain biking, trail running, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.