"Finally, a qualified candidate for Sheriff"
Extensive management and administrative experience
Oversight of people and assets
Successful financial investigations
My name is Don Charobee, I was born and raised in northern Ohio with my two sisters, the children of a coal miner turned machinist and a Registered Nurse. I first arrived in Colorado in 1987, eventually becoming a resident of Elbert County in 2007
I met my wife in our senior year of high school and were engaged in a blizzard in November 1977. We were married in 1980, and graduated college from Cleveland State University the same year. My degree was with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics.
I entered on duty with the United States Customs Service in 1979 as a Customs Inspector where I would serve in the Ports of Cleveland and Detroit. In 1983, I was then promoted to the position of Special Agent of the Customs Service in Cleveland where I worked a wide range of investigations to include technology transfer, financial crimes, smuggling, arms export and child pornography.
I was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent and was transferred to Denver in 1987 where I worked several cases impacting our military readiness, sale of endangered species, money laundering, foreign asset control and white-collar crimes. I was instrumental in the development of the White Collar Investigative Network where we partnered with state and local law enforcement agencies to exchange information and to assist them, bringing to bear the assets of federal law enforcement.
In 1998, I was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in Atlanta where I led and directed a team of Customs Special Agents investigating money laundering, financial crimes and trade fraud.
In 2001, I was promoted to Resident Agent in Charge of Customs Investigations at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport where I led two investigative groups and support personnel in the seizure and investigation of narcotics being smuggled into the United States. My office was responsible for the controlled delivery of seized narcotics into and out of the Northern District of Georgia. Our Task Force consisted of sworn law enforcement officers from DEA, Atlanta PD and the Sheriff Departments of Clayton and Fayette Counties. We became one of the top two producing offices within a three-state region.
In 2006, I returned to Denver as the Resident Agent in Charge for OPR where I was responsible for the establishment of a new field office that had oversight of integrity investigations in six states. I retired from government service in 2014 in my 35th year.