Sheriff Rick Reigenborn is running for re-election as Sheriff of Adams County. Rick would like to take this opportunity to introduce himself and the reasons one should consider re-electing him as Sheriff. Rick is 58 years old, and for most of his life, lived in Adams County. Moving to Brighton in the 4th grade, he has called Adams County home ever since. Rick graduated from Brighton High School in 1982 and began working in Brighton full-time.
In 1987, Rick began his career volunteering as a reserve police officer for the city of Brighton. During his reservist career, he took on the added responsibility of Reserve Sergeant, eventually obtaining the rank of Reserve Lieutenant, which he held until 1993. In 1991, he started working at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office at the jail, then was transferred to the patrol division in 1993, working as a deputy.
While serving as a deputy, he became a Field Training Officer, using his experience and skill to mentor new deputies within the department. Eventually, Rick answered the call to become a member of the Adams County SWAT team, rising to the rank of Assistant Team Leader. As a SWAT officer, he worked as an undercover narcotics detective for the North Metro Task Force, accomplishing two successful assignments.
In 2005, Rick was promoted to Sergeant and reassigned to the Adams County Jail, where he worked as a shift sergeant until being assigned to the North Metro Task Force as a Detective Sergeant. He held that position for three years, supervising detectives and advising their cases as they progressed. In 2010, Rick moved to the patrol division as a sergeant. He oversaw an entire shift, making decisions that affect the safety and well-being of the citizens of Adams County and the deputies within the agency.
Rick has received four awards from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. He is the recipient of the Medal of Valor, the highest Medal awarded by the department. Rick received that award for entering a burning building, rescuing three citizens unable to escape their apartment. Rick is also a two-time recipient of the Medal of Distinguished Service, the department’s second-highest award. In both cases, Rick received these medals for the way he handled an armed domestic disturbance on two separate occasions, 19 years apart.
The other Medal awarded was the Columbine Service Medal, which Rick wears with pride daily. Rick received this Medal for the service he provided during Columbine. As one of the SWAT members who responded on April 21st, 1999, Rick’s team cleared the main floor through the incident, including the library.
As Your Sheriff
For the last three years, Rick has been honored to be Sheriff of Adams County and views his service to the citizenry as a privilege. We have accomplished several things together in the previous three years, including relocating our headquarters to the Adams County Government Center to provide better service to our citizens. We have completed our very own DNA lab designed to shorten the processing times of samples substantially. This new lab will allow us to prosecute crimes committed against our citizens much faster than ever before. Also, we have piloted a co-responder program and are excited about its projected progress.
Rick recently asked the Board of County Commissioners for 35 additional staff members, and the request was honored. 17 Deputies will join the patrol division, and four will join the jail division. The remaining 18 will become support staff for our records section, which will manage the many requests for information that we receive.
Shortly after taking office, Rick restructured the patrol division by placing two sergeants on each shift to ensure better staff accountability for the citizens of Adams County. He then began changing the color of our patrol vehicles to a black and white theme design for better visibility as we patrolled. Additionally, Rick formed a Citizens Advisory Committee. This venue allows citizens to pose suggestions and concerns, meeting every quarter to discuss how we will serve our community better. The citizen’s academy continues to thrive, which allows our citizens to spend a little time in training to see what a deputy goes through on duty. Citizens get to perform a variety of hands-on training with our training staff.
Over the last three years, Rick has demonstrated a track record of great Character, Integrity, and Transparency. Rick would like the citizens to consider re-electing him as Sheriff for a second term. He will continue to provide a much-needed service to all the citizens of Adams County, getting back to the basics of law enforcement. Rick emphasizes community involvement, keeping safety, service, and efficiency as our core focus. Rick thanks the community for its continued support of him and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.