About Eli Rivera

I moved to Keene, NH in 1989 and made it my adopted home. I am a retired Keene Police Lieutenant, and after retiring, I was elected High Sheriff of Cheshire County in 2012 currently serving my fourth term, also being the first democratic Sheriff elected in Cheshire County since 1879.

Aside from my law enforcement career, I served as a Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Education – Higher Education Commission, the Keene, NH School Board, and was appointed by Governor Sununu in 2017 to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion. 

During my off time, I enjoy reading, volunteering with Team Rubicon a national disaster response organization, gardening, traveling, beekeeping, and whatever else comes my way. 

State of the Race

​I launched my campaign for reelection for a 5th term as High Sheriff of Cheshire County based on my commitment to serve the people of Cheshire County with integrity, compassion, and dignity. 

I will continue to push and advocate for the equal treatment of every person, regardless of where they are in life's journey.  I will continue my work towards criminal justice reform, equality for all, immigration, the safety of our community, with integrity and compassion, as I have done for many years. I will also focus on our sense of purpose, belonging, and reviving the passion for public service. 

As I launch my reelection campaign, it goes without saying how difficult 2020 has been.  COVID-19, protests, riots, wildfires, social distancing, the wearing of masks, our lives have been turned upside down.  We are at a turning point, whether it's addressing systemic racism in law enforcement, the push for the wearing body cameras, and creating police oversight commissions, the way we police will change, and I am ready for this new chapter.  I've enjoyed and loved my career and all the good things that have happened during it.  But, I am not blind to the current climate towards police, as Sheriff, I will continue to make sure that policies that mandate a Duty to Intervene, does not tolerate biases or racism are enforced, and those who do not follow my vision within my office are held accountable.

I will continue to run a positive campaign and protect the integrity of the Office of the High Sheriff, and not engage in attacks, smear campaigns, or political negativeness, but instead will run on the work I have done and will continue to do, and my accomplishments over the past 7 plus years.

I ask for your support on November 3, 2020.  

Thank you


Campaign update

What a beautiful day at the Old Home Day Parade in Swanzey. Thank you for all the support, I've always enjoyed participating in the parade and waving at the great people that line up to watch.

Campaign update

I was fortunate to have been invited to the White House to meet with Senior White House staff to address the current heroin epidemic. Gloucester (MA) Police Chief Leonard Campanello, Keene (NH) Police Chief Brian Costa and several PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Network) law enforcement partners had the opportunity to speak with the National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Boticelli, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and other senior officials. We had hoped that the members of Congress and the Senate passed an amendment to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 bill that would of added $1.1 billion for treatment, prevention, and recovery services.

Team Rubicon Service Project

Service Project for a Korean War Veteran Since June 20th, Monadnock Strong of Peterborough has worked very hard to help a Korean War Veteran with a handicap ramp. Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts, VFW, Legion, local Hockey Team, Home Depot, local contractors and Team Rubicon came together to build this ramp. As an active member of Team Rubicon (Disaster Relief Organization), we took on the task to help this veteran. I was honored when asked by Team Rubicon to be the lead point of contact for Team Rubicon and help with the project. I've been involved with this project for almost 3 months, and being able to help a fellow veteran has been an inspiration. I continue to visit this veteran, at least o

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