Silence is the Endorsement of Corruption
Our Mission: Expose Sheriff Bill Elder's Corruption
May 6, 2021
Elder creates new website to help his reputation?
Has Elder created a new website to help turn around his bad reputation? We hear it is a live feed of him in his office; but this has not been confirm. Here is a link to the new website EPSO.COM
May 5, 2021
Eight Employees in Eight days
We were forwarded an email listing eight employees who quit in eight days. Is this going to be the new normal for corrupt Sheriff Elder's administration? The last six years under Elder's leadership has seen the largest attrition rate in history. People continue to join, experience the work environment, and quit. The attrition rate is well over 75% since Elder took office. How is that possible? Simply people continue to quit. It's so bad Elder cannot even get enough people to fill up an academy class. Usually training has to trim the list down to make offers. This year they sent out 50 offer letters and only 18 accepted. How embarrassing. EPSO is so short of personnel they cannot allow transfers. The only people not leaving is Elder's corrupt leadership team. Elder continues to create more and more supervisor positions for his cabal.
Elder wants to quit, but he needs all eight years to get a retirement. He cashed in his previous retirement with EPSO and went bankrupt a few years back. We hear his finances are still in shambles. We were told by an inside source Elder has already mentally "checked out". He was planning on running for county commissioner after sheriff; but those plans were thwarted after his corruption was exposed by this website.
Damn that transparency!
Things are so bad at EPSO they no longer provide basic services to the community. There are less deputies now than when Elder took office. The leadership is not interested in the mission, just the money. How many more lives will be ruined before we get an honest command staff? EPSO use to have a reputation of taking care of their people; not any more. EPSO is know for their corrupt leadership throughout the state.
May 3, 2021
Things are quiet at EPSO. Elder is fixing up his new house in Arizona and spending most of his time down there. He doesn't care about the office anymore, just finishing up his time so he can retire.
The big three lawsuits are still progressing through the system. Elder continues to beg the court to dismiss the case against him from Sgt. Duda. The testimony from the depositions clearly show Duda did nothing wrong and it was in fact Elder's followers that were campaigning during work hours. Elder knows if this case goes to trial he will look the fool he is, but he does not want to settle.
The case filed by Lt. Tim Williams is also slowly progressing. Elder has been told he has lost; however, it appears his strategy remains the same, stall as long as possible.
Both of these cases will cost hundreds of thousands to settle. Elder does not dare take them to trial.
The third lawsuit doesn't even have Elder's name on it anymore. It's against CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigations). However, if this case goes to trial, everyone will know Sheriff Elder is completely corrupt. In fact, many people will be exposed. Mark Hurlbert (and maybe even Dan May) could be disbarred for their unethical and illegal actions. All those who were complicit with the malicious prosecution of John San Agustin could be exposed. What makes this case interesting is those who would be exposed cannot settle the case. We're hoping for a lengthy and detailed trial.
It's unfortunate COVID slowed the civil cases down; but we are patient.
Corrupt Sheriff Elder has been exposed. Everyone knows how bad of a leader and sheriff he has been. Why do you think he is moving to Arizona as soon as he can? His reputation cannot go any lower. We hope the next sheriff investigates him and does a forensic audit of the books. How ironic would it be if Elder was charged with doing what he suggested the previous sheriff did?
We're confident things will heat up this summer...
March 21, 2021
EPSO completely in the CRAPPER!
Corrupt Sheriff Elder has made it clear to staff he is tired of reading about himself and the corruption at EPSO. We continually tell him how to not get published; stop lying, stop the corruption and stop doing stupid stuff.
Sheriff Elder continues to make promises he has no intentions of fulfilling. Elder has wasted so much money by handing it out to his incompetent leadership and spending it on failed projects. He stole millions of 1A funds which were to be spent on additional deputies on the street and diverted (illegally) it to his pet projects (all of which have failed). Elder has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars with nothing to show for it. However, his incompetent buddies are happy because they all got high salaries and left with padded retirements. Elder is spending much of his time down in Arizona getting his retirement house set up. He recently got back from yet another trip. Elder does not care about our community, he is only interested in his retirement.
We know many have left, many are still quitting, and most retire as soon as they can. The vast majority of employees hate Elder and his cronies. We were recently told by an inside source that EPSO is down about 65 deputies. All transfers have been suspended because there is no one to back fill the positions; especially at the jail. Elder says he is trying to hire; but this is not the whole story. It appears Elder is trying to survive with as few deputies as possible to save as much money as possible. He is not activity trying to resolve the deputy shortage. He is trying to make it "appear" he is, but he is intentionally failing.
The following message was received when someone applied for a job. Does this sound like Elder is hiring?
Everyone at EPSO knows there is a large shortage of deputies. However, Elder continues to receive full funding. This means Elder should have approximately 3-4 million in extra money. Where is this money? The longer he does not hire the more money he can "BANK". Elder is trying to do what ever he can to run the office with as few deputies as possible. He continues to have leadership beat down the employees to keep them working. When he is caught in a lie he makes excuses. Elder knows he needs more deputies but has not had an academy in a long time. He keeps postponing; why? Could it be money? Or no one wants to work for EPSO because of its reputation.
This memo was recently sent out to all employees. Why? Yet another excuse by Corrupt Sheriff Elder?
Elder made commitments to those who accepted positions as non-sworn employees in the jail. Now he is telling them he cannot live up to his end of the bargain. Also, if the memo is true, Elder plans to screw the current POST certified Deputies working in the jail.
Does anyone believe Corrupt Sheriff Elder anymore? He cannot be trusted and everything he says is a lie. When was the last time Elder worked down at the jail? If he really wants to know the environment and be a good leader he needs to get his ASS down to the jail and work with the deputies who work there everyday. Don't hold your breath because Elder does not care about the Deputies or the employees. All he cares about is his retirement and his new house in Arizona. Screw everyone else!
Where is all the money going? Elder is doing what ever he can to save money. He is even looking to hire civilian investigators. Yep, you heard it here first; indeed you did.
EPSO is advertising on Indeed for civilian investigators. The sources we talked with had no idea. This means the leadership is not talking with their people. BAD PLAN! Why would Elder do this? Simple; he needs to save money, they are out of Deputies, and no one wants to work for the current leadership in investigations. According to our source; things have never been so bad at EPSO and especially in investigations. Wow, the jail is screwed up, Patrol is screwed up, and now investigations is screwed up. What's going on at Court and Transport?
Elder continues to transfer incompetent leadership to critical positions. The recent transfer of Lt. Matthew Holt to patrol might be the latest example. Did Elder learn anything from Billy Huffor? We were already receiving information about Holt harassing employees at the jail when we heard about his transfer. Many are describing him as Huffor Version 2. Get the checkbook out it appears another lawsuit is coming.
The problem is Elder does not have very many supervisors with street experience. Elder does not provide appropriate leadership training and does not require integrity. This is a very bad combination. Those he promotes feel entitled and protected. No one works hard to get promoted (it's a waste of time)they just get on Elder's good list. Elder continues to promote those with no experience, training, or integrity.
Since Corrupt Sheriff Elder took office the reputation of EPSO has gone down the drain. It's reached the point where Elder cannot hire replacements.
Here are some FACTS corrupt sheriff Elder cannot debate;
There are less deputies on the street than when Elder took office
There are less deputies in the jail than when Elder took office
EPSO has a lot more funding than when Elder he took office
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Elder's Reputation goes primetime!
It appears Corrupt Sheriff Elder's reputation has travelled statewide. No one wants to work for the El Paso County Sheriff's office. The talk of nepotism and corruption is everywhere. How do we know this? Elder is telling everyone they cannot hire people because of all the bad press and rumors of corruption.
A couple weeks ago Elder stated he wanted to run five non-sworn academies this year starting with a class of 50 in February. Did this happen? Nope. Why? EPSO sent out 50 offer letters; what happened? Only 18 accepted; not enough to justify running an academy. Even with the highest unemployment in years no one wants to work for the most corrupt sheriff in Colorado. They have heard about the conditions in the jail and how leadership treats their people. They also know Elder is a liar. He promised a sworn academy for those working in the jail and it hasn't happened. Sooner or later he will have to run one. We have heard rumors he is considering hiring outside individuals who are POST certified. That would be the ultimate insult to those who took the job based on a promise from Elder. Guess they now know what we already did; HE'S A LIAR!!! You cannot believe anything he says.
Elder is just putting in his time until he can move to Arizona. He does not care about the agency or the people. He has proven that time and time again. Is he moving to Arizona so he can get use to the heat?
With blood on his hands; his soul forever stained;
he doesn't care for his lifestyle is gained.
With diablo he dealt, no regret was felt.
Two deputies die, and leadership lost its spine.
Elder's to blame but won't resign.
Being a liar is required to go higher in his empire.
With hard work and long hours you'll stay in the towers,
drop to your knees and he might grant your pleas.
If you want to be Elder's golden boy for a while;
you'll need to lie about his IA file;
under oath and in a trial.
He threatens with a smirk because he's a big jerk.
Being he is inept; his promises were not kept
Elder, like the scarecrow of Oz, is missing his brain
causing EPSO's reputation to circle the drain.
With Elder served another lawsuit,
you'd think he'd get the boot,
instead the commissioners will hand out much more loot.
He drinks every bottle in sight to help him sleep through the night;
continually wondering, why do we still pester the jester?
Committed to creating an eruption over Elder's corruption.
"Silence is the endorsement of Corruption"
Thursday February 4, 2021
Elder's Corruption Exposed Again
We are calling it "BOW-WOW-Gate"
On January 27 we told you we were working on a new story that would expose Elder's corruption again. We have been coordinating with local media and suggested they do CORA requests to obtain information concerning the dog food for the EPSO K9 unit. It appears KOAA did just that and opened pandora's box. Here is a link to their story. They exposed both Bill Elder and the Huffors. We have been sitting on the story since November.
There is no surprise Elder lied to the media. He knew about switching the dog food purchases to the Huffor's pet store because he gave the order. Let's review; Corrupt Sheriff Bill Elder ordered his K9 Deputies to buy their dog food at his Chief of Staff's private business and pay more money for the same product they got at Big R? Does this sound honest or corrupt?
Sheriff Bill Elder has been exposed, yet again, as a liar with no integrity. He was caught redhanded giving business to his buddy at the expense of the taxpayers. Is it legal to spend more (taxpayer) money to buy dog food at his chief of staff's pet store than at the current vendor EPSO has done business with for years? Sounds like there should be an investigation.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Happy Anniversary DIRTYELDER.COM
Dirtyelder.com celebrated its 4 year anniversary recently. On January 15, 2017 we put up our first post concerning Corrupt Sheriff Bill Elder. Since then we have posted hundreds of stories about his nepotism, corruption, and illegal activities. We leaked numerous stories to the media who have pounded Elder almost weekly about his corruption and lies. Because of our website everyone knows Bill Elder is the most corrupt sheriff in Colorado history. His legacy will live on for years. We already paid our webmaster and hosting service for the next two years. So, even if we stop posting new articles the history will remain on the internet until Elder has moved to Arizona. We are committed to exposing Elder's corruption.
We have not forgotten Elder is the biggest liar EVER! He has stolen millions of 1A funds that were allocated to put more deputies on the street. He cannot even keep enough deputies on the payroll to staff the jail. He does not have an academy on the calendar? How is he going to replace all the deputies that will quit this year? He lied to all the people he hired as detention specialist/deputies without post certification. They were promised a POST academy. How long has it been? Elder will have no choice but to set up an academy sometime this year. Or he will start hiring from the outside which will really piss everyone off. Elder continually lies; he has no honor or integrity.
Bill Elder is way over his head. He never could manage money; which is why he filed for Bankruptcy a few years ago. EPSO is so corrupt Elder is having to promote all his goons and pay them more. There is no money to accomplish the mission. Fewer deputies and more supervisors. Who does the work?
Here is to another year of exposing Sheriff Bill Elder's Corruption!
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Being a corrupt sheriff is what Bill Elder does best
Just received confirmation of another good example of corruption by Sheriff Bill Elder. It might take us a couple weeks to coordinate with local media and putting everything together into an article. We are confident they will want to run with this story. It appears Corrupt Sheriff Elder just can't help being corrupt and doing things that are unethical and potentially illegal. This latest item is clearly unethical and shows Elder has no problem continuing his bad behavior. We keep saying; "If Elder would stop being corrupt we would have nothing to write about". He just cannot help himself. Even when he does something right he has to screw it up by throwing in a little corruption. Just do the right thing and stop with the corruption.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Before we ever started this website we received legal advise about running a website calling out a sheriff for corruption. As you can imagine we have a good reason for wanting to keep all contributors anonymous. We have been threatened many times and even received information from multiple sources that Sheriff Bill Elder, in public, stated he wanted to put a bullet in the head of the person he believes is responsible for this website. Our hosting provider has been contacted by individuals trying to confirm who is behind the website. Our website has been attacked numerous times by individuals trying to break in. A corrupt couple working for Elder made threats and stated on their facebook page they were going to take the gloves off. We take these threats serious. We continually receive legal advise to ensure we do not cross any lines. To that end we believe we need to make the following statement (again):
We at DIRTYELDER.COM are NOT responsible for any statements made in BLOGs or emails sent to us. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any statements, NOR do we endorse any statements made in any BLOGs. Statements made on this website are the opinions of those who make them. We attempt to verify as much as we can, but cannot guarantee the accuracy of any statements on our website. Please read our disclaimer on the home page.
Our focus is on exposing the corruption of Bill Elder and his leadership team. We are not interested in personal issues or disputes between deputies or employees. This is the not the right forum. We also try to avoid referencing those who have left EPSO unless it relates to Elder's corruption.
We cannot imagine the frustration people are feeling at EPSO. We will always support our great deputies and employees at EPSO.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Same old song and dance by Corrupt Sheriff Elder
Multiple people have contacted us about not posting recently. We apologize, we have been busy and the fact is we are bored with the same old corruption from old Bill Elder. He needs to come up with something new. He continues the nepotism and empire building. There are so many new supervisors we cannot keep them straight. Paying off all his buddies. It appears we have the new Huffors with the recent Lieutenant couple. The stories about the Jail continue to fly in. Everyone is complaining things continue to spiral down. No more weekly COVID testing because everyone is either positive or already had it?
Rumor has it Corrupt Sheriff Elder is furious with Cyclops and wants to fire him. It's not good to be on Elder's shit list. He is blaming all the bad press at the jail on him. Elder might not be wrong on this one. Cyclops is so arrogant and has made some major screw ups. The big issue is that he does not stand up for his people. Everyone hates him. Patrol is celebrating. Not only do they not have to deal with the one eye stupid monster, they get Kramer; probably one of the best supervisors at EPSO. He's fair and takes care of his people. He's a ray of sunshine in a very dark place. Elder will probably go after him because we said good things about him. Kramer is one of the few people on command staff that has actually written a speeding ticket. Elder cannot afford to fire too many of the real cops; he does not have very many on his command staff. In fact, about 80% of his lieutenants and above have NEVER been a street cop. Corrupt sheriff Elder is creating a leadership team with very little experience. Why is that? Elder is promoting his buddies; not those who deserve it. That's why it took him so long to publish the transfers. It's not easy to hide incompetence and there are some positions that require experience and leadership. One example; the leadership over SWAT has almost no experience in SWAT. WTF, the most specialized unit is being lead by an individual who has never worked the street? This is dangerous and could get someone killed.
Plus, how many LTs do you need? Holy crap; seems like there are more supervisors than deputies. When you're corrupt you need to keep paying off more and more people. However, someone needs to actually do the work.
There was yet another article in the Gazette about the total mess at the jail. We have already addressed these issues. But what a surprise they had masks for 6 months and didn't hand them out. That's got to be a lawsuit.
Elder has his head so far up his ass he's seeing double. But he only has to keep things going for another two years and he's off to Arizona.
We received the following email from a deputy. Of course we would never release names and would normally not release an email, but this one really shows the frustration from jail deputies. We apologize for the language, but it shows the frustration.
Email sent to dirtyelder.com
The Jail is getting ready to be in a hurt locker as far as manning goes. Did you know they closed to pods because the shifts do not have enough deputies to man them across all shifts? I think it's pod E2 and E3or F3?
And with the promotions below there going to pull even more deputies for promotion. Pretty soon it's going to be Sgts and lieutenants running the wards.
And the jail is fucked anyway because Gillspe is staying and he was 90% of the demoralization of the jail. The only lieutenant that actually cared about those floors deputies is moving to the courthouse. They really fucked this one up BIG TIME !!! I really feel bad for the deputies but KARMA is coming. Douglas just opened hiring again and teller is taking 2 maybe 3 from our department. 2 are going straight to patrol. And the PROMISE they made to those deputies to get post certified was a lie and they all know it now so they are looking to move as well. They've been in the jail of 18months and they now know they will never get a post certified from this department.
Now they don't even leave their office to check on deputies. EVERBODY watches the ward deputies from the cameras now to see who they can fire next. Sgts ``have been given permission" to watch the deputies and see if they are doing their jobs right. Pretty soon the lieutenants will be watching the Sgts running the wards on the cameras.
And they are going to make all these changes because of promotions ON THE SAME DAY AND WEEK so the entire department is going to fall on its ass here in the next couple of weeks.
Better grab the popcorn because I cannot wait to go to the jail and see a sergeant or lieutenant running a pod
I hope you all have something cooking. Because the promotions just cost taxpayers $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and we are so top heavy. We give the very definition of WAY to many chiefs and not enough Indians complete truth and could reverse sink the titanic with the weight of all those promotions. No new deputies coming but we sure can promote everyfuckingbody. And even those that dont deserve it. Or replace the right people to help with what and whose left.
Any deputy or group of deputies who believe their rights have been violated should contact the law firm of Cornish and Dell'Olio. They are the best at employment law and have successfully litigated multiple cases against EPSO, CSPD and other government agencies in El Paso County.
How many lawsuits are currently in the system against Corrupt Sheriff Elder? A bunch. Every new case exposes the pattern of abuse and corruption by Elder.
It's pretty bad when Elder's corruption is becoming old news and boring
Friday, January 8, 2020
Elder hiding in his office and cannot make a decision?
It's our understanding Elder decided who to promote, but is having second thoughts where to put them. Did he come to the same conclusion we did? He does not have anyone experienced for Patrol or Investigations. Let the games begin. The people with experience were not chosen for promotion. It really doesn't matter, leadership at EPSO has been screwed up since Elder promoted all his buddies after he was elected. It's been downhill ever since. Elder is only interested in his empire, not doing the mission. That's why he has so many supervisors and all the deputies are leaving. Hopefully the next sheriff will fire half the supervisors and hire a bunch more deputies to actually protect the community and run the jail safely.
It's not that complicated Bill, but when are so corrupt you don't see it
Bill just announced the promotions to include the promotion of a Sgt to Lt who didn't even pass the written test. They had to change the results to allow her to band. But that's okay, she's a "Buddy" of Elder so she gets promoted. The corruption continues. It's funny how Elder accused Maketa of special treatment for his friends; but Maketa never just promoted anyone. Everyone went through the same process. Everyone knows Elder is "rigging" the process to make it look like he is being fair. We know what is going on. Not fooling anyone.
Wednesday, January 6, 2020
Big announcement coming soon?
Rumor has it Corrupt Sheriff Elder is going to make promotion/transfer announcements after the command staff meeting. We are also hearing Elder did not have a very good holiday. Is he upset over the obvious leaks at EPSO? He cannot be happy about the court order telling him how to run his jail for the next 90 days. Or is he upset over getting his ass kicked by multiple lawsuits that are going to trial this year? Is he going to unload on his staff during their weekly meeting? Who cares! No one respects Corrupt Sheriff Elder anymore and he has lost any reputation he had. We know he has already lost his mind. His incompetence is putting people's lives in jeopardy and has cost two deputy's their lives. How can he live with that? His leadership team is laughing behind his back and are putting in their time until he is gone. We hear Roybal is already talking with others about how they can fix Elder's mess once he's gone. Some are talking about Elder resigning before his term is up. Everyone, including his "buddies" thinks it's time for him to leave. We are still hearing Pete Carey wants out.
UPDATE: We called it; memo should be coming out tonight or tomorrow with promotions and new assignments. Elder promoted 4 Lieutenants to commander. He did keep one of the people we announced, but abandoned the other. We do not feel it's appropriate to list the names until Elder has the opportunity to distribute his memo. However, we like Bernier, Mihalko, Deno, and Hannenberg. We heard Elder stated he would never allow a certain female on his command staff. Wonder who that is? Some of the individuals being promoted are people of integrity and we hope they are successful in their new assignments.
We notice a serious issue with lack of experience by high level supervisors. Who is going to run patrol and Investigations? Cyclops is hated by all and he has shown his arrogance and ignorance on numerous occasions. Patrol deputies know he will not have their backs. Cyclops would not think twice throwing a deputy under the bus. There is a serious lack of experience in investigations which might explain the high number of unsolved homicides in the past few years. These are the two most critical command level positions and it appears Elder has no one up for the job. Leaders need experience and integrity.
How can things get any worse? If Elder is involved it will
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
How inept does a sheriff have to be for a federal judge to feel compelled to issue an injunction mandating he provide basic safety measures at a jail? How incompetent does a sheriff have to be for a federal judge to tell him how to run his jail?
It appears Corrupt Sheriff Elder is sooooooo bad a federal Judge in Denver felt he had no choice but to issue an injunction against Elder mandating he provide inmates and employees basic protection against the spread of COVID-19 in the jail. A judge ordered Elder to provide masks to everyone. Seriously, a judge had to order corrupt sheriff Elder to provide inmates and employees with masks? How could Elder let things get so bad that a Judge had to issue a court order forcing him to provide basic protection in the jail? Elder was not providing inmates with masks? Seriously, how can anyone be that stupid?
It didn't take long for the next article about Elder's corruption.
Monday, January 4, 2021
Welcome to another year of Corrupt Sheriff Elder
We have made some minor modifications to the website. We are redesigning the BLOG section and created an archive. This should show we are dedicated to another year of providing information concerning Sheriff Elder's corruption. Of course, if he would stop the corruption and nepotism there would be nothing to write about.
Everyone is waiting for Elder's announcement on promotions. We hear he announced pay raises to help soften the blow of his promotions announcement. It does not matter how long Elder waits to announce it, everyone knows he is corrupt. Will he go with the original two? Or will he switch it up to try to cover up that he was telling people who he was going to promote prior to the oral boards? Either way we have exposed him.
How can Corrupt Sheriff Elder promote one female when there are two others who are a lot more experienced? Did they not perform as well in the "special" categories important to Corrupt Sheriff Elder?
We have to admit Elder has done fairly well for sworn employees' compensation. If he did not keep up with other agencies no one would work for him; to include his buddies. If he wants to give his buddies a nice salary he unfortunately has to give it to everyone else. We did notice something interesting on the salary schedule. It states you have to be a sergeant for "2 full years" before you can test for Lieutenant. Did that rule apply to Elder's best buddy? NO. Polices are only for employees who are not on Elder's buddy list. It is so easy to expose Elder's corruption and lies.
2020 was Elder's year (Year of the Rat) but it's over