Meet The Voter Interviews
Meet the Voter Interview of Adam Hopkins to be posted on Saturday, Feb 24, 2108
11:29 am Pledge
11:30 am Lunch is Served
11:35 am (Turn on cameras and audio recorder explain how we will record to the speaker)
11:40 am James Kroshus – Operation Underground Railroad (no questions max 10 minutes)
11:50 am Break for sheriff candidates to come up to the front of the room and to reset cameras and recorder – Bill to explain how we will record to candidates and microphone procedures and how the time clock on the iPad green/yellow/red works. When the questions start, we will rotate to the candidate’s left for the next question so the same candidate does not start first every time.
Darin Balaam (will be first to start with 1-minute intro)
Sherman Boxx (will have the first question)
Allen Fox (will have the second question)
Adam Hopkins (third question)
Heidi Howe (fourth question)
Kim Meyer (fifth question time permitting)
11:57 pm Ray & Cole explain the rules (due to limited time and number of candidates questions have been selected from input from members).
12:02 pm 1-minute intros of the 6 candidates (7 minutes) I have an iPad with timer, we will need someone to run it.
12:07 pm First question 1 minute response plus time questions Cole reads the question. Then each candidate has 30 seconds to rebuttal. If the candidate wants to rebut they raise their hand.
12:17 pm Second question with the rebuttal (10 minutes)
12:27 pm Third question with the rebuttal (10 minutes)
12:37 pm Four question with the rebuttal (10 minutes) (5th if time permits which it probably won’t)
12:47 pm 2 minutes closing statements (12 minutes)
12:59 pm End of forum comments from Ray and drawing – this is prox time, we will try to finish earlier if possible.
01:00 pm Luncheon Ends
*This is the fourth in a series of five interviews of the candidates for Washoe County Sheriff.
Darin Balaam currently serves as an adjunct professor at Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College, teaching various criminal justice courses in which he shares the insight, wisdom, and expertise he accrued during his more than 20 years of service in the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Barin began his career as a property clerk assigned to the Washoe County Detention Facility in 1993. From 1994 onward, he served as a Deputy Sheriff, working in Sheriff’s Office Operations, Administration, and Detention Bureau, earning all ranks up to that of Chief Deputy of the Operations Bureau. During his career, he was honored to have commanded the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Hostage Negotiations Team, Detention Response Team, K9 Unit, Motors Unit, Search and Rescue, RAVEN (Aviation Unit), Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center and Regional Bomb Squad.
During his tenure in Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Balaam developed unique strategies to address regional crime issues within Washoe County. They include the development of the Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, the Regional Tactical Crime Analysis Report, and the Area Crime Evaluation System. These strategies, and others, while being forward-thinking solutions to the area’s crime conditions, demonstrated rigorous fiscal responsibility by remaining well within their assigned budget constraints.
Balaam attended the University of Nevada Reno, graduating in 2011 with a BS in Criminal Justice. In 2015, he earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. Additionally, he is a 2006 graduate of the FBI’s Southwest Command College, and completed the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course in 2012. He also is a graduate of Leadership Reno-Sparks program in 2014.
Over the course of his career, Balaam has received several appointments to statewide law-enforcement leadership positions:
• Nevada Crime Commission – appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2014.
• Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) – appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2013.
• Technological Crime Advisory Board ¬– appointed by in 2012.
• Domestic Violence Fatality Review Statewide Team ¬– appointed by Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto in 2013.
• KNPB Chair of Citizen Advisory Board
• Join Together Northern Nevada’s Board Member
• The Chamber NV Executive Committee Member Leadership Reno-Sparks
• Northern Nevada Children’s Cabinet’s Art of Childhood Committee Member
• Health and Safety Commission Board Member (Washoe County School District)
• Regional Ambulance Service, Inc. “RASI” Board Member
Balaam is a 5th generation Nevadan and a Sparks native, currently residing there with his four children and wife of twenty years. Boxx has lived in the Reno-Sparks area for the past 54 years where he attended Sparks schools and graduating from Sparks High School.
*This is the third in a series of five interviews of the candidates for Washoe County Sheriff.
Sherman Boxx has lived in the Reno-Sparks area for the past 54 years where he attended Sparks schools and graduating from Sparks High School.
Sherman developed a passion for police work at a young age. He joined the Reno Police Department Explorer program at 15 years old. Then after high school, he 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 his family owned a successful automotive repair business which he worked at with his brothers, he started down a different path. Sherman was hired by the State as an armed guard, securing the National Guard base during nighttime hours.
He served the State until accepting a position with Loss Prevention at Raley’s Supermarkets. There, the duties were closer to policing, which included making arrests, preparing reports and testifying in court. In 1977, he 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.
During Sherman’s 26 year career with Sparks PD, he gained valuable skills, knowledge, and experience. He worked as a dispatcher, an officer in the jail, in patrol, as a field training officer. After being transferred to detective, he worked property and persons crimes, including juvenile victimization, gang investigations, and undercover narcotics.
While Sherman was assigned to the jail at Sparks Police Department, before it was rationalized, he 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, Sherman developed an expertise and with interest in investigating and assisting juvenile victims. A passion he still carries today.
He enjoyed the first part of his career as a line officer in policing very much. In 1990, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and continued his journey in supervision and leadership. Sherman retired from the Sparks Police Department in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.
In 2014, Sherman 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 he became the Chief Deputy of Operations. He continued that assignment until October 2016.
Sherman Boxx looks 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.
*This is the second in a series of interviews of the candidates for Washoe County Sheriff.
Kim Meyer has called Washoe County home for the last 40 years. She began her work experience at the age of 11, working in her parents’ small local business. Then after graduating from Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice she was employed as a Deputy Sheriff with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 25 years.
She retired from the Sheriff’s Office in 2016 as the Sergeant over Crimes Against Children and Crimes Against Persons. Her career at the Sheriff’s Office was extensive and varied, working in Detention, Courts, Patrol, and Detectives. Kim believes her best work was as a Detective in Crimes Against Children and in the Regional Sex Offender Unit.
Kim currently volunteers with the Washoe County Child Advocacy Center and with the Urban Lotus Project, bringing yoga, mindfulness, and breath work to at risk and underserved youth in our community.
Kim has been married to Duane for the last 21 years and has two children, ages 16 and 14. Additionally, she is am an active member of the Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Community.
*This is the first in a series of interviews of the candidates for Washoe County Sheriff. If you are a candidate for sheriff and want to come on Meet The Voter, please go to this link and fill this form https://republicanmensclub.org/speaker-application/ and we will get in contact with you.
In 1988, Heidi Howe started her career in local law enforcement as a Reno Police Officer. In 1991, she set out on a decorated and devoted career with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, rising in the ranks of the department from deputy, to sergeant, to lieutenant, to captain.
Ms. Howe served 20 of her 30 years in supervisory positions, overseeing a vast range of responsibilities including, but not limited too: hostage negotiation, district courts, officer recruitment, crime scene operations and training. She has managed a team of 350 law enforcement professionals, a 56 million dollar budget, the custody of more than 1,300 adult detainees, and oversaw the 20 million dollar jail expansion from breaking ground to ribbon cutting.
Fair. Honest. Inclusive. Forward-Thinking. Experienced. Trustworthy. Knowledgeable. Accountable. Nevada Rooted. Just a few terms to describe how Ms. Howe would lead as Washoe County Sheriff in 2018. Heidi is a candidate ready to take on big issues and looming community challenges as our population grows by ensuring we face these challenges head-on, with vision and follow through.
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