The Mineral County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously today to offer the sheriff’s badge to Steward Handte, a probation officer based in Reno.
Handte will be sworn in as sheriff after he clears a background check.
Handte spent 19 years serving with the Nevada Highway Patrol in Tonopah, Las Vegas and Reno.
He said he and his wife plan to move to Mineral County in the coming weeks.
The Board of County Commissioners considered four applicants for the position today. James Wood, an investigator for the Mineral County District Attorney’s Office who lives in Fallon, was also scheduled to be interviewed, but withdrew his application after it became clear he would have to move to Mineral County if he was offered the position.
The board rated each applicant individually, and the applicant with the most total points was offered the position.
Jim Bagwell, the former sheriff of Humboldt County, was initially offered the position, but declined it because of a retirement conflict.
For full details on the appointment, see the Nov. 28 issue of the Independent News, which hits newsstands on Nov. 26.