Sheriff Kenneth T. Furlong was born and raised in Carson City. He graduated from Carson High in 1975. While employed as a Carson City Fire Department Dispatcher, he enlisted in the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1978. During his Air Force career, Furlong earned an Associate’s Degree in Police Science, another Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.
Furlong retired from the USAF, Office of Special Investigations, in 1998. Furlong continued his work in law enforcement and accomplished numerous Detachment Major Crimes Investigator assignments, including Narcotics Task Force Investigator, Enhanced Criminal Operations, and Superintendent of Operations. Prior to his election to the Office of Sheriff in 2003, Furlong was employed with the Department of Public Safety, Investigations Division (Major Crimes) and Parole and Probation (offender supervision).
Since taking office, Sheriff Furlong has introduced several new programs and reestablished a few from the past. The most visible programs include: Volunteers in Policing, Chaplain's Program, and a revitalized Reserve Program. He is committed to enhancing law enforcement in Carson City through educational opportunities, community involvement and youth/senior citizen contacts. Significant organizational concept additions include a Regional Gang Unit, Special Enforcement Team, and School Resource Officer Program.
Sheriff Furlong’s organizational priorities include: deterring crime, employing the most qualified individuals, treating citizens with the upmost professionalism and courteousness, communicating with the community, and efficient and effective budget management.
Sheriff Furlong's leadership philosophy is to continuously seek opportunities that build upon the desires of the community. He insists all initiatives should contain components for education, information and enforcement. As a result of his philosophy, Carson City has benefited in efficient and effective law enforcement with intense community participation and support.
Sheriff Furlong's engagement in the community is seen while on-duty at every community event. Furlong continues to organize the award winning annual National Night Out, Cops-n-Kids Spaghetti Dinner, and Sheriff’s Open House/Street Fair. Additionally, Furlong actively supports many local community organizations, such as, the Boys & Girls Club, Ron Wood Family Resource Center, Carson Community Counseling, Rotary, CASI, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Association, Nevada Humane Society, and many more.
Furlong spends his free time with his wife, Phyllis, and the families of their two children, including 5 grandchildren. He also enjoys cars, motorcycles, sports, and boating.
Sheriff Furlong is the 26th Sheriff to serve Ormsby County/Carson City since 1861, and the 6th Sheriff of the Combined Municipality of the City/County of Carson City.