Mineral County Sheriff candidate

Greetings to all my fellow Mineral County residents. I am Earl Wm. Perry and I hope to be your new sheriff. I made the decision to run in this election because I feel I have much to offer and want to make a change in the atmosphere that surrounds our sheriff’s office today.

Describe your law enforcement/managerial experience.

I began in law enforcement with MCSO September 12, 2007, under Sheriff Edward Smith. During 2008, I was awarded Detention Officer of the Year and the Sheriff’s Citation. In 2010 I was promoted to Sergeant and received the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. At this point I began to expand my training in multiple fields of law enforcement doctrines, of which I only have room to mention a few.

• Coroner’s Training (2008)
• First Line Supervision/Leadership/Management (2010)
• Grant Writing (2010)
• Field Training Officer (2011)
• Fraud Investigation (2011)
• Crisis Intervention (2014)
• School Violence & Security Training (2015)
• Management of Property & Evidence Room (2015)

January 2, 2015, I was awarded a Letter of Commendation for the rescue of an Amber Alert Victim and the apprehension of the kidnapper. In August of 2015, I agreed to take a reduction in rank and pay to become our first School Resource Officer. In December of 2015 I resigned from the MCSO due to my disagreement with the implementation of the policies and procedures there. After much debate and consideration of my family, I chose to rejoin the police force as Deputy Police Chief for the Yomba Shoshone Tribe in July of 2017.

What do you see as the sheriff’s primary role?

To serve and protect, this is the standard for all law enforcement. But the role of sheriff demands more, he must be the lynch pin of civic responsibility and community service between his employees and the people they serve and protect. Without the knowledge and practice of this responsibly it is all too easy for a lack of fairness and accountability to seep in and affect all of our community members. All policies, training and spending must be transparent, and this depends on the leadership of your sheriff. Every single member of this community must know that their sheriff is available to listen to their concerns and will actively respond to them. A sheriff must promote a community attitude in his deputies and lead in this by example. All too often these promises are made on the campaign trail and left at the front door as soon as the candidate takes office; I love this community and care deeply about all of its citizens and promise you that you will find that my actions will speak louder than these words. Thank you for your consideration of me, Earl Wm. Perry, for your sheriff.