Sheriff Ron Pierini is a second generation Nevadan. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Criminal Justice. He has over 29 years of law enforcement experience, starting with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office from 1973 to 1975. In 1975, he was employed by the Nevada State Prison until 1976 when he started with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He was a Deputy Sheriff with the Department from 1976 to 1977. In 1978, he became a Lieutenant at the Lake Tahoe Substation and in 1979 he became Captain and Lake Tahoe Substation Commander. He was promoted to Undersheriff in 1994 and was appointed to Sheriff October 3, 1997. He was elected Sheriff on November 3, 1998, and has been Sheriff of Douglas County since that time. Sheriff Pierini has extended specialized training. He is a graduate of Southwest Command College; has an Executive Certificate from Nevada Peace Officer Standards and Training. He also trained at the National Sheriff’s Institute, FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is a graduate of the UNR Pubic Management Certificate Program. He is responsible for implementing several programs with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department such as school prevention programs including School Resource Officer, Peer Court, and Intervention Officers to deter bulling and intimidation among student. He was also instrumental in developing programs such as The Active Community Orientated Policing Team, which is designed to solve problems that community group members and law-enforcement professionals have identified, and The TRIAD program to improve the quality of life for seniors. He has also implemented volunteer programs to supplement current staff that includes over 330 volunteers to assist the staff. He has overseen the Child Safety Seat program, D.A.R.E., G.R.E.A.T, Fighting Chance, and Explorer Post; K-9 Units, and the Domestic Violence Program. Ron has promoted many technological improvements including Firearm Automated Training System (FATS), Life Scan Fingerprint System, tracking system, Sex Offender-Mapping Program, Laser Radar Units, and constructing a public/police firearms shooting range. Sheriff Pierini is involved in many organizations including: Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge, Kiwanis Club of Gardnerville/Carson Valley, board member of Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, board member of the International Footprinters Association, board member of the Nevada Sheriff’s and Chief’s Association, Western States Sheriff’s Association. He has a US appointment to the rural Law Enforcement Technology Commission, and was appointed by the Governor of Nevada to the Commission on Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, Enforcement and Treatment. Sheriff Pierini has been recognized by the community with several awards including: The Citizen of the Year in 1996 by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Citizen of the Year in 1997 by the Minden/Douglas Elk’s Lodge. In 1998 he was awarded the Service to Mankind award from the Carson Valley Sertoma Club. Voted by the community as the Best Law Enforcement Officer in Douglas County through the Record Courier, in 2000 he was voted Citizen of the Year by the 20-30 Club of Carson Valley.