“At the core of law enforcement is the safety and wellbeing of the people we represent. To achieve that goal, we must be responsive to the people, we must be believable, and we must be trusted to perform our duty with uniform fairness and justice to all.”
- Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons
Jaime was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1990 and served the City of Los Angeles until 2005 when he moved with his family to Summit County and joined the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Since 2016, he has served as the elected Sheriff of Summit County.
Jaime is a strategic and forward-thinking experienced law enforcement professional with a strong leadership presence and excellent interpersonal skills. He directs the work of 105 law enforcement and civilian employees in their duties to serve the residents and visitors of Summit County, Colorado.
Jaime has built his organization from his community-oriented view and policies, and the organization exhibits his professional attitude, fair and consistent visionary leadership style. Self-confidence and the highest levels of integrity while serving the public with humility has been the hallmark promoted within the organization. He is team-oriented, possesses exceptional communication skills, employs data-driven decision-making, and is committed to transparency within the organization and community. He has proven to be resilient in the face of extraordinary challenges.
Jaime is uniquely accessible and a visible member of the community. He works collaboratively to meet residents' high expectations in a vibrant urban environment that is growing, supportive, and increasingly multi-cultural and diverse.
Perhaps most important is the product of his leadership: duty, honor, integrity, and the very positive results created by his example and reflected by so many team members.
Jaime enjoys the year-round outdoor activities that Summit County offers, such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, running, and hiking. Central to Jaime’s personality is his love of community, whether it is local residents, business owners and ranchers, visitors, or people experiencing homelessness, behavioral health crises, substance use disorders, or a passing stranger. Every individual has value to Jaime and accordingly he and his organization treat every individual with kindness, dignity, and respect.