Mitch Lincoln has served the citizens of El Paso County as a member of the Sheriff’s Office for 27 years. He brings a vast amount of experience having worked in all three Bureaus of the Office; Detention, Support Services and Law Enforcement. He began his career as a Deputy in the Detention Bureau; working in Intake and Release and in Floor Security where he was one of the founding members of the Special Response Team (SRT). He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he supervised in Intake and Release and Floor Security at the Criminal Justice Center (CJC) and the Metro Maximum Security Facility.
After being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, he worked as the Training Director and Comptroller for the Office. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Commander where he oversaw the construction of the 864 bed jail expansion, as well as led the construction efforts for the Metro Work Release Facility and the Community Detoxification Center at CJC. In recent years, he served as the Commander of the Investigations Division, overseeing all homicide investigations with a record number in 2013. His most recent assignment was Commander of the Floor Security Division at the Criminal Justice Center. On January 1, 2015 Commander Lincoln was promoted to Bureau Chief of Detentions.
Chief Lincoln has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in Wildlife Biology. He attended the Penn State Police Executive Course (POLEX) and the Southern Police Institute's Homicide Investigation Course. In addition, he has served as an instructor for the Sheriff’s Office Training Academy and instructed a course offered to perspective supervisors.
"I am looking forward to the challenges of leading the Detention Bureau and rebuilding public trust as I begin my tenure with Sheriff Elder. I am particularly excited to resume my efforts to lead, mentor and prepare the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office next generation of leaders."