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

 

Welcome Deputy Forest

The Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office welcomes new deputy to its force. Deputy Forest, a twelve-week Golden Retriever puppy, was born after his mother was rescued/seized during animal neglect and cruelty case in Bradford, NH. More than 100 dogs were taken from a home by the Bradford Police Department during the investigation. The puppy was offered to the Sheriff’s Office by the Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord, NH in Merrimack County, one of the sites taking care of the seized dogs. The puppy “Deputy Forest” will serve our community, and county staff as a Comfort Dog, and his primary duties include visiting schools, the courts, public events, and interacting with kids and adults of all ages. The

A Leader To Heal Our Country

Every morning for the last 30 plus years, I’ve been proud to serve as a law enforcement officer - with the Winchester and Keene Police Department and now as the Sheriff of Cheshire County. However, in recent years, in addition to my badge, I’ve been carrying a growing sense of concern for my community. We've been waging a battle against substance misuse disorders and facing a mental health care crisis. My deputies and I, and law enforcement officers nationwide have been on the frontlines trying to help our neighbors, undergoing training to help those with mental health challenges and substance misuse disorders, and continue to do our best to confront this crisis. However, overdose and overdo

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