Getting to Know Lieutenant Jim Byers, EDSO Public Information Officer

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 11, 2016 / comments

Byers takes on position as lead public information officer for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. By: Matt Kramer.

Readers may have seen Lieutenant Jim Byers name in the paper lately as Byers recently took on the role of public information officer for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, bringing nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience with him to the role.

“I’m very proud to serve this community,” Byers said. “I love El Dorado County, always have. Our roots are buried pretty deep here, and I’m very excited about the future of, not only this department, but the community as well. I’m glad to be able to serve.”

Byers has a long history of service with law enforcement in El Dorado County and beyond.

“I’ve been with the Sheriff’s Office for 21 years,” Byers said. “Before that I worked at the Placerville Police Department, and before that I worked in Tulare County down in Southern California.”

Byers has spent most of his life in rural areas of California, where he developed a passion for the outdoors, and for community service, two drives he inherited from his father and carries with him to this day.

“My dad worked for federal fire fighters,” Byers said. “He worked for the forest service. Initially I wanted to pretty much follow in his footsteps, which is exactly what I did! When I graduated from high school I went to work for the forest service, working in fire, and about the same time I did that, (my dad) moved from fire into law enforcement in forest service.”

Byers developed contacts with law enforcement groups in Tulare County where he and his family were living at the time. When the police department recruited him Byers jumped at the chance seeing more opportunity for upward mobility, something that he found less of in the forest service which was making moves to increase diversity among its crews. “That’s just the way it was, it’s totally understandable,” Byers said. “It was a very, very good time to get into law enforcement.”

Byers resides locally in El Dorado County. In his spare time he enjoys reading, hunting, working around the house, and golf.

“I’m a terrible golfer but I love it,” Byers said. “For me it’s a stress reducer… it’s total relaxation just to go out and golf with friends.”

Byers has 10 years prior experience serving as a public information officer in El Dorado County and said he is looking forward to continuing to serve and build connections with the community.

Readers may have seen Lieutenant Jim Byers name in the paper lately as Byers recently took on the role of public information officer for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, bringing nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience with him to the role.

“I’m very proud to serve this community,” Byers said. “I love El Dorado County, always have. Our roots are buried pretty deep here, and I’m very excited about the future of, not only this department, but the community as well. I’m glad to be able to serve.”

Byers has a long history of service with law enforcement in El Dorado County and beyond.

“I’ve been with the Sheriff’s Office for 21 years,” Byers said. “Before that I worked at the Placerville Police Department, and before that I worked in Tulare County down in Southern California.”

Byers has spent most of his life in rural areas of California, where he developed a passion for the outdoors, and for community service, two drives he inherited from his father and carries with him to this day.

“My dad worked for federal fire fighters,” Byers said. “He worked for the forest service. Initially I wanted to pretty much follow in his footsteps, which is exactly what I did! When I graduated from high school I went to work for the forest service, working in fire, and about the same time I did that, (my dad) moved from fire into law enforcement in forest service.”...

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