BRIGHTON — Administrative Services Division Chief Mike McIntosh recently announced he will run for Adams County sheriff in 2014.
McIntosh said because he has taken a leadership role in each division of the sheriff’s office, he is suited to take on the role of sheriff.
“I think that I understand the roles of the sheriff and because of my training and experience, believe that I am very well suited to take that on,” he said.
McIntosh’s career began at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office 25 years ago and has since held leadership roles in the jail division, patrol division, SWAT team and the detective division where he focused on crimes against children.
His formal leadership journey began in 1999 when he was promoted to sergeant. He was then promoted to lieutenant and then to captain in 2009. As the administrative services division chief, McIntosh holds the responsibility of influencing sworn officers and civilian employees by modeling strong ethics, character and integrity.
Throughout his career, McIntosh has been awarded with the Distinguished Service medal, the David R. Martinez Memorial Award for Excellence and is a two time recipient of the sheriff’s Silver Star Award.
McIntosh said the sheriff’s office has already developed pride and repoire with the community and that he would like to enhance and strengthen those by getting out in the community even more than they’re currently doing. He would like to start bringing businesses together so they can partner to solve the issues going on in the community.
“Right now there’s a lot of dissention among the Second Amendment, and I want to make sure the sheriff and sheriff’s office is protecting the rights of the citizens and they know we’ll be there for them to do just that,” he said.
McIntosh will face fellow Republican Mark Nicastle in the primary election. He said the nice thing about being a candidate in this race is that there isn’t any controversy about him.
“There’s not controversy like there is with Mark or like there would be with the current sheriff because of past things that have gone on,” he said. “I’m someone that represents that clear leadership and that clear vision that’s needed to move us forward and I really want to be able to unite the agency because there are folks in the agency who are obviously still pro-sheriff and there’s folks in the agency that are pro-Mark and I want to be able to come in as the sheriff, establish that repoire with the agency and bring the agency back together.”
McIntosh has been an active member of the Adams County community for nearly 40 years. After graduating from Brighton High School, he went on to serve the United States as a member of the Navy. McIntosh resides in Brighton with his wife, Cathy.
He continues to be an active member of the community and currently serves as a board member of the Community Reach Center, Community of Faith United as well as the Metro North Chamber of Commerce.
McIntosh will be holding a campaign kick-off party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 19 at CB & Potts, 1257 W. 120th Ave., in Westminster. For more information on Mike McIntosh, visit his website www.mcintosh4sheriff.com.