Sheriff Elias Diggins started with the Denver Sheriff Department in 1994 and has served the Denver community for 20 years. In 2006, he became the youngest person in the department to be promoted to Major and in 2009 Division Chief. He was sworn in as the interim Sheriff for the City and County of Denver in July 2014. His special areas of service include field training, emergency response unit, gang unit, internal investigator and academy instructor.
Prior to his service to the city, Diggins worked for U.S. West Communications and the United Parcel Service. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Diggins is a graduate of the National Institute of Corrections' Executive Excellence Program and is a Certified Jail Manager and Certified Correctional Executive. He served as an auditor for the American Correctional Association and currently sits on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. He is also on the Board of Directors of the American Jail Association. Previously, he sat as President of the Black Sheriff Protective Association.
Diggins grew up in Denver, graduated from Montbello High School and holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He and his wife, Leslie, have five children.