The only veteran and former Commander in this race, and the only candidate to have been Chief of multiple, successful law enforcement agencies.
Family and Faith
Mike Angley takes pride in the many accomplishments he’s enjoyed in his personal and professional law enforcement life. First and foremost, he’s a husband of thirty-two years to the former Ms. Evelyn Nunez-Sanchez from Mayaguez, PR, herself a U.S. Air Force veteran. They have three adult children, all currently residing in Colorado. Mike is a Conservative Christian whose faith inspires and informs his life. He fashions himself as a traditional conservative, crafted in the image of President Ronald Reagan for whom he proudly cast his first-ever presidential vote.
Law Enforcement and Intelligence Community Executive
Mike’s law enforcement career was extensive and varied. He rose to the rank of Colonel (O-6), becoming an Executive in Law Enforcement and U.S. Intelligence. He served over 25 years as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) (sister agency to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)), conducting complex felony criminal and fraud investigations and counterintelligence (CI) and counterterrorism (CT) operations.
He routinely was recognized as a decisive, strategic leader and consistently was rated among the “Top 1%” of USAF officers. He has held assignments in the United States, Far East Asia, the Middle East and at national, theater, and joint levels.
He was a Special Agent in Charge (SAC/Commander) five different assignments in the U.S. and overseas. A SAC is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a law enforcement agency, and at a municipal level is the functional equivalent of a Chief of Police, or at County level, the Sheriff.
Mike wasn’t always the boss. Before he could lead, he needed to follow and to learn the business of law enforcement. He talks about that in, ‘Message to the Troops: My ‘Gumshoe’ Law Enforcement Grounding.’
At his career pinnacle, he was the Commander of OSI Region 8 at Air Force Space Command where he was responsible for the entire Space Command enterprise worldwide, as well as the United States Air Force Academy. Within the OSI hierarchy, a Region is the largest field office echelon. Regions sit directly below the Director (Commander) of OSI and there are only eight of them worldwide. As a Region SAC, Mike led 150 federal agents conducting law enforcement and CI operations at 13 geographically-separated units throughout the U.S. He oversaw a $5M annual operations budget, to include $40K in confidential funds. If you factor in payroll, maintenance, and other funding lines, Mike managed a budget total exceeding $75 million.
When you combine his five assignments as a SAC, it totals just over ten years of executive time out of the twenty-five years he served. This means he:
- Led, mentored, and supervised hundreds of young men and women airmen, Special Agents, and civilian professionals
- Oversaw thousands of investigations and counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations
- Managed multi-million budgets with full accountability, transparency, and in balance 100% of the time
Some of his career successes include:
- Decorated by the Korean President and the National Police Agency Commissioner for identifying, targeting, and neutralizing a Middle East terrorist cell operating in Seoul before it carried out its mission.
- Led U.S.-Japan counter-narcotics operations that eradicated $8M of drugs meant for sale to military members.
- Countered a Soviet KGB agent’s efforts to steal critical U.S. technology and stymied Russian military progress for years.
- Recovered over $2.7M U.S. taxpayer dollars lost through complex international fraud schemes.
- Commanded Middle East counterterrorism operations that successfully neutralized a terrorist cell targeting Department of Defense (DoD) officials.
- Led a special counterintelligence unit the White House cited as second-best organization in the entire U.S. Intelligence Community in a 1999 award. A DoD inspector said this unit was the “best CI shop among all the Unified Commands” in the Defense Department worldwide.
Education & Professional Development
Mike values education and believes it is the cornerstone to professional development. He plans to revamp professional development in the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) because he knows as a mentor how much it will help a young deputy grow as a leader. More about this can be found in the Issues section of this website.
He holds a Master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and a Bachelor’s degree in both Criminal Justice and Psychology (double major) from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Mike also is an Honor Graduate of the Defense Language Institute’s Korean language program and a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
He demonstrated his love of continuing education by example while in the Air Force. Mike completed all three levels of his Professional Military Education BOTH by correspondence and in-residence. For his Senior Developmental Education (vital to making Colonel), Mike was selected for a coveted National Defense Fellowship program at Florida International University in Miami, FL. While there he served as Adjunct Professor of International Relations and he partnered with a State Department Fellow on a variety of projects involving national security and terrorism. He also graduated from the National Defense University Armed Forces Staff College.
Never tiring, Mike’s not done yet. He’s ready to serve the community in which he lives, the one he cares for deeply. He wants to leverage his 35 years in law enforcement and academia to benefit you, the citizens of El Paso County as your next Sheriff, the People’s Sheriff.
Next Steps…GET INVOLVED!
Mike needs your help to make this a successful election. Please consider making a generous contribution to his campaign by visiting our Get Involved! Page.
(Note: While he appreciates the interest, Mike requests members of the EPSO to NOT donate to his campaign. He wants to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.)
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