Biography for
Sherman Boxx

I have lived in the Reno Sparks area for the past 54 years.  I attended Sparks schools – elementary through Jr. High (middle school), graduating from Sparks High School.

I developed a passion for police work at a young age.  I joined the Reno Police Department Explorer program when I was 15 years old. Then after high school, I enlisted in the Nevada Air National Guard in service to our country and State, attending Air Force Basic Military Training and Security Police Technical School.

Though my family owned a successful automotive repair business which I worked at with my brothers, I started down a different path. I was hired by the State as an armed guard, securing the National Guard base during nighttime hours.

I served the State until accepted a position with Loss Prevention at Raley’s Supermarkets.  The duties were closer to policing, which included making arrests, preparing reports and testifying in court.  In 1977, I joined the Sparks Police Auxiliary. Similar to the reserve program in many police departments, the Auxiliary was a volunteer program to augment the patrol section of the Department. In this role I was a uniformed officer riding with a full time officer and being trained in the job of policing. In 1978, I was hired as a civilian with the Sparks Police Department Dispatch, in addition to maintaining my volunteer work with the Auxiliary. I then was promoted to Patrol as a Police Officer.

During my 26 year career with Sparks PD, I gained valuable skills, knowledge and experience. I worked as a dispatcher, an officer in the jail, in patrol, as a field training officer. After being transferred to detective, I worked property and persons crimes, including juvenile victimization, gang investigations and undercover narcotics.

While I was assigned to the jail at Sparks Police Department, before it was regionalized, I learned many things about the care, custody and control of criminal defendants.  However, it was nothing compared to the responsibilities required daily in the Washoe County detention facility currently.

As a juvenile detective, which included responding to a newly discovered gang presence in the area, I developed an expertise and in interest in investigating and assisting juvenile victims. A passion I still carry today.

I enjoyed the first part of my career as a line officer in policing very much. In 1990, I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and continued my journey in supervision and leadership.  I retired from the Sparks Police Department in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.

In 2014, I was asked by newly elected Washoe County Sheriff, Chuck Allen to come out of retirement and help him transition into leading the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Allen took office January 5, 2015, and I became the Chief Deputy of Operations. I continued that assignment until October 2016.

I look forward to serving, with your support, as the next Sheriff. I will bring my leadership, training and experience to benefit the people of Washoe County.

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