Sheriff Bill Elfo started working in law enforcement when he was only 19 years old.  He gained experience in all facets of police operations and management.  Throughout his career his skills, abilities and commitment to excellence were acknowledged  with increasing levels of responsibility that included service as a Police Captain, City Attorney, Prosecuting Attorney, Chief of Police and most recently, as your County Sheriff.  Sheriff Elfo has been very successful in reducing crime and working to ensure community priorities are met and exceeded in a fiscally responsible manner.

Sheriff Elfo holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice as well as a law degree.  He has completed numerous advanced training courses including the FBI Command College, the FBI National Law Institute, the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer’s Course and the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Correction’s National Sheriff’s Institute.Sheriff Bill Elfo in front of Whatcom County Courthouse

As non-partisan, Sheriff Elfo is experienced in partnering with federal, state and local elected  and/or appointed officials to ensure the community is safe today and safer tomorrow.

Sheriff Elfo was asked by Congressman Rick Larsen to testify before the United States Congress Committee on Homeland Security. Following his testimony, our community received millions of dollars in funding for improvements in law enforcement systems and operations that benefited Whatcom County and all of our cities.  See Link to Sheriff’s Office testimony at: chsdemocrats.house.gov/SiteDocuments/20070712154144-00295.pdf

Sheriff Elfo was appointed by Attorney General Rob McKenna to Chair a Committee of the Attorney General’s Methamphetamine Task Force.

The Task Force recommendations resulted in legislative  initiatives to reduce the availability of the precursor ingredients needed to manufacture meth, addressed Meth prevention and treatment as well as enforcement and sentencing strategies.
After two local teenagers died as a result of an overdose of dextromethorphan (DEX) that was purchased interstate over the internet, Sheriff Elfo worked with Congressman Rick Larsen to help identify loopholes in the law and ensure that those responsible were held accountable. See Link: http://larsen.house.gov/news/press-releases/2009/03/PR-DXM-030309.shtml

As President of the State Sheriffs’ Association and a member of its Executive Board as well as that of the Executive Board of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, Sheriff Elfo participated in a series of meetings with the Governor and key members of the State Legislature to prevent the enactment of  legislation that would result in the unsupervised early release of dangerous prison inmates into our communities and to ensure the enactment of an amendment to our State Constitution that allowed judges to deny bail to the most dangerous of defendants, See Link: www.rememberlakewood.com improved notification systems for victims of domestic violence See Link: http://www.waspc.org/index.php?c=SAVIN and sex offender notification systems See Link: www.waspc.org/index.php?c=Sex Offender Information

Sheriff Elfo regularly advocates for improvements to the mental health and child protection systems.  He recently worked with our Legislative delegation to stop reductions in funding to our highly effective Child Advocacy Center at the Bridgid Collins House and serves as a member of the Behavioral Health Tax Advisory Committee that advised the County Council on programs and priorities for the mental health system.

Sheriff Elfo firmly believes that prevention strategies directed toward youth are the best antidote to crime and serves on the Executive Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. http://www.whatcomclubs.org and the Board of Directors of the Brigid Collins Family Service Center http://www.brigidcollins.org.


Education, Training Certifications

  • Juris Doctor, Nova Southeastern University

See Link http://nsulaw.nova.edu

  • Washington State Bar (licensed Attorney)
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Nova Southeastern University  See Link http://www.nova.edu
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Nova Southeastern University See Link http://www.nova.edu
  • Executive Level Certification, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • Peace Officer Certification, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, National Sheriffs’ Institute graduate

See Link: www.sheriffs.org/programs/NSI.asp

  • FBI Command College graduate
  • FBI National Law Institute graduate
  • Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville, Administrative Officer’s Course graduate (graduate level division)

See Linke: https://louisville.edu/spi/administrative-officers-course

  • Broward County Police Academy graduate, Broward College

See Link: http://www.broward.edu/ips/IPS/PoliceAcademy/page5964.html

  • Completed approximately 2300 additional hours of leadership, management, law enforcement and legal training