Command Staff

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Undersheriff Joe Winkel

I have been a full-time law enforcement officer since 1995 when I returned from serving our country in the United States Navy during the Persian Gulf War. Upon my return, I wanted to continue to serve the community and took a position at the Elbert County Sheriff's Office as a Patrol Deputy. In 1997 I took an assignment with the Elizabeth Police Department where I served for nine years in the roles of a Patrol Officer, Administrative Sergeant and the Interim Chief of Police. I returned to the Elbert County Sheriff's Office in January 2008, as an Investigator and currently serve the citizens of Elbert County, under Sheriff Shayne Heap, as Undersheriff. I am proud to serve the citizens of Elbert County and will continue to be dedicated to our community spirit and providing the highest level of service you deserve. Our mission at the Elbert County Sheriff's Office is the safety of our citizens and remain dedicated to our community spirit and professional service.


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Lieutenant Chad Church

Chad Church is a Colorado native. He attended Littleton Public Schools and graduated from the Arapahoe High School. He has studied at the Arapahoe Community College. Chad started his law enforcement career in 1991, as a Police Explorer with the Sheridan Police Department. In 1994 he graduated from the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Training Academy. At that time, Chad began working as a Reserve Police Officer for the Sheridan Police Department. He volunteered hundreds of hours working as a Reserve Officer. He was hired by the City of Sheridan as a full time Police Officer in 1996. While with the Sheridan Police Department, Chad was assigned to work with the South Metro Drug Task Force. Chad joined the Elbert County Sheriff's Office in 2002. He has worked as a Patrol Deputy, then as an Investigator where he was promoted to Sergeant. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2005. As a Lieutenant he worked in Professional Standard as well as the Evidence Custodian, as the Patrol Division commander and is currently the Detentions Division Commander. Chad has multiple certifications and several other assignments. Some of these assignments include:


Elbert County Sheriff's Office S.W.A.T. Team member
D.O.T. Level 1 Commercial Vehicle Inspector
N.R.A. Patrol Rifle Instructor
N.R.A. Pistol Instructor
N.R.A. Shotgun instructor
Colorado P.O.S.T. Pursuit Driving Instructor
Multiple Weapon Systems Armorer
Field Training Officer

In his time with the Elbert County Sheriff's Office, Chad has received a Medal of Merit, twice awarded with Medals of Valor and a Lifesaving Award.


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Lieutenant Michelle Mattive

Michelle Mattive has worked for the Elbert County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. Currently she is the Investigations Lieutenant. She started her career with Elbert County as a Patrol Deputy in 1996, was then transferred to Investigations where she was promoted to Sergeant. She left Elbert County in 2001 and was employed with the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office as an Investigator. Michelle returned to Elbert County in 2005 as a Patrol Deputy and was promoted to Sergeant in Patrol. She was transferred to Investigations and was promoted in May 2007 to Lieutenant, the current position that she holds. She was certified a Drug Recognition Expert in December 2006 and has trained in the field of Narcotics Investigations. She has been certified in Voice Stress Analysis since December 2007 and utilizes this tool in the hiring process as well as all types of investigations, and assists outside agencies as requested. Michelle has studied at Metropolitan State College of Denver, Aurora Community College, and recently completed the Command Staff Institute with the County Sheriff's of Colorado.


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Lieutenant Tony Schiefelbein

Tony Schiefelbein began his career in law enforcement in 1997. Tony attended the Police academy at the Southern Colorado Law Enforcement Academy and graduated from there in July of 1997. Tony was hired two weeks later by the Limon Police Department. In July of 1998 Tony became a patrol deputy for the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. In August of 1999 Tony was hired by the Hugo town Board to be the Town Marshal. In April of 2000 Tony returned to the Limon Police Department where he worked until Aug of 2004 when he went to work for the Thornton Police Department. In May of 2005 Tony began his career with the Elbert County Sheriff's Office in the Patrol division. In Tony's tenure, at the Elbert County Sheriff's Office, he has worked in several assignments to include:

Patrol Division Field Training Officer and Supervisor
Vehicle Fleet Manager
NRA range instructor
EVOC instructor
Intox instructor
Patrol Sergeant
Investigations and Professional Standards Staff Sergeant
Entry Team Leader for the Elbert County Regional S.W.A.T. team

Tony was honored with a lifesaving award in 2008 for delivering a baby and performing CPR until the baby could be flown to the hospital by Flight For Life. Tony was again honored with a lifesaving award, also the Metal of Honor, in 2012 for his part on the S.W.A.T. team in an Officer involved shooting in the Town of Limon. Tony was recognized as Elbert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Officer of The Year in 2005, 2010 and 2011. In October of 2012 Tony was promoted to Elbert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Lieutenant/ Division Commander.


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