Sheriff Elder basks in the limelight after taking the oath of office.
In this week's Independent
, we report that several delegates at the GOP assembly
on March 24 felt intimidated by El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder or Lt. Bill Huffor, who reportedly screamed at several delegates regarding their votes.
Huffor, who works in detentions, has been a rising star at the department in recent years. He's worked there since 2004, according to employment records obtained by the Indy
through an open records request, but after Elder came into office on Dec. 31, 2014, Huffor's career took a leap.
He's received six raises since then, which comprise a 52 percent increase in pay, to his current salary of $97,605.
During the previous 10 years, from 2004 to 2014, Huffor's pay went up by 77 percent, from $36,228, to $64,334. During that time, he had four merit raises. Since Elder became sheriff three years ago, Huffor has had at least three merit-based salary bumps.
It's worth noting that Huffor's wife, Janet, serves as Elder's chief of staff, at an annual salary of $90,986. She's had one raise since she was hired on Jan. 1, 2015, Elder's second day in office.
Here's Lt. Huffor's employment history, as provided by the county's HR department: