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Don Hollingshead Attends Trail Days Festivities

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

Printed in August 19, 2021 Pine Bluffs Post

Don Hollingshead is one of the candidates who will be running for Laramie County Sheriff in the 2022 election after Sheriff Danny Glick announced that he will be retiring when his current term ends. His announcement was posted on his campaign Facebook page in July. Hollingshead has worked for the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department for the past 26 years, starting off his law enforcement career as a detention deputy in 1995. He transferred to patrol where he advanced in rank over the years to the position of Patrol Lieutenant before transferring back to the detention division in 2018 when he took over the position of Security Lieutenant of the Detention Center. He was promoted again in 2020 to the position of Detention Captain.

Hollingshead is a board member of the Wyoming Association of Risk Management, member of the Kiwanis Club of Cheyenne, former board chair of the Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, and a former Elder of his church.

He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Leadership Program as well as a graduate of the FBI National academy. He is a third generation Laramie County resident whose campaign platform includes working with the Laramie County Commissioners to increase compensation for department personnel to retain staff as well as working to increase the rural patrol presence and dealing with mental health issues within the jail.

As Captain of the Detention Center he oversees all detention operations to include the detention budget, policy decisions, building maintenance, and hiring of staff. He said that he is currently working on tackling the growing mental health crisis in Laramie County. He has created a specialized housing unit for the mentally ill incarcerated in the jail and is working on a mental health advisory group made up of representatives of law enforcement and judicial partners as well as other public and private entities to help the mentally ill navigate the judicial process more effectively so they do not remain incarcerated any longer than necessary. Upon release, the program works to provide these individuals access to counseling and medication so hopefully they don’t find themselves back in jail. If elected, he plans on continuing this project and also work on modifying legislation to better address the needs of the mentally ill in Laramie County.

Hollingshead understands tackling these issues will be a heavy lift and will take time, but with his positive working relationship with the County Commissioners and supplying them with accurate information, he feels he can accomplish his platform goals.

Hollingshead has been a K-9 handler as well as K-9 Supervisor and Lieutenant, and has been involved with the program for over 20 years. Through his experience with the K-9 teams over the years, he has gained vast knowledge of the drug issues associated with the methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and synthetic marijuana use in Laramie County which has been increasing as new people move into the county.

Staff morale in the jail is challenging and he works to inspire his co-workers with inspirational words of the day and positive quotes sent in emails as well as being available to listen to and support them. Since taking over the Detention Facility the employee turnover has reduced and the jail should be fully staffed by December of this year.

Hollingshead relies on his faith to guide him and believes that even the challenges he has experienced in his career have given him knowledge and experience. Through his faith, he believes that everything is in God’s hands.

Editor's note: Thank you to Mr. Hollingshead for setting the record straight. We are sorry for the miscommunication.

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