My family and I moved to Reno in 1978 where my parents opened a small business. I started working at our family business at the age of 11 doing what I could to help. Working at such a young age shaped me as a person into the hard working woman I am today.
As a local kid, I attended Reno High School and graduated in 1986 and then went to the University of Nevada, Reno. I always had a passion for law enforcement which led me to pursue Criminal Justice. After receiving my Bachelor’s, I began an internship with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) in 1989 and 1990 which solidified my passion for law enforcement. I began working at WCSO in 1991 as a Deputy Sheriff in the Detention Facility.
I worked my way through the detention facility to become a Facility Training Deputy, a crime scene investigator, a DARE instructor, and ultimately worked my way out to patrol (1998). In patrol, I became an EVOC Instructor (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course) which was one of the highest honors of patrol. In 2004, I passed the detectives test and was quickly assigned to crimes against property. Several months later, I transferred to crimes against children, which was one of the most difficult, but rewarding experiences of my career. I investigated all classifications of crimes against children including physical and sexual abuse, child neglect, homicides, accidental deaths, child suicides, and natural deaths. I sat on the Child Protection Enforcement Team and became cross sworn with the FBI, to assist in Internet Crimes Against Children investigations. I am very proud of the work my team was able to accomplish during this time in my career.
In 2008, I transferred to theRegional Sex Offender Notification Unit, while still maintaining a caseload in crimes against children. In that unit we oversaw compliance of approximately 1,300 sex offenders countywide. In 2011, I was promoted to Sergeant and returned to the corrections facility. I worked through the jail, courts, patrol and ultimately returned to detectives as the Sergeant over crimes against children and crimes against persons.
While a sergeant in detectives, I supervised over fifteen officer involved fatality investigations, numerous death investigations, homicides, serial killings, serial child molesters, all crimes against the elderly, as well as, cold case investigations. I also advocated for the SO to begin an initiative to educate the public on the growing needs of our seniors especially those suffering from cognitive decline; this resulted in a collaboration with Catholic Charities on the Wandering Project. This commitment arose from watching my own dad decline from Lewy Body Dementia. In 2011, I received the Kristine Nagy-Johnson Award for my work in Crimes Against Children which I am still very grateful for the recognition. I retired from the sheriff’s office in 2016 after almost 25 years of service.
Duane and I married in 1996 and have two children, Olivia 16 years old, and Mason 15 years old. Duane also retired from WCSO as the Captain of Patrol Operations in 2015. Post retirement, we are active members of Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church and I enjoy teaching yoga, kayaking, walking, biking, camping, spending time with my teenagers, and bunco. I want to continue reaching out to the youth and serving the community, which is why I volunteer at the Child Advocacy Center and with Urban Lotus, bringing yoga and mindfulness to at-risk, homeless, and underserved youth in our community. I am now taking my talents and law enforcement background to the sheriff’s office. My career has been in serving the people and I am running for Sheriff to continue that commitment and oath I took on day one.