*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.
1978 Promoted to Patrol as a Police Officer:
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.
1990 Promoted to the Rank of Sergeant:
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.
2015 Appointed Chief Deputy of Operations:
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.