NRS 248, Sheriffs
Chapter 213, Carson City Charter
The duties and responsibilities of the Sheriff are outlined in the Nevada Revised Statutes, and so to is his authority to form the Administration of the Office. To name a few, the Sheriff is responsible for maintaining a Civil Division, Search and Rescue, and Detention facility. However, Carson City is unique in its government formation as a consolidated municipality. Therefore, the Sheriff’s Office not only performs all of the duties and responsibilities of any other Sheriff’s Office in the state of Nevada, but it also performs all of the public safety functions and responsibilities of any defined local police department.
The Sheriff is elected to office at 4-year intervals and sworn into office in January, following the election. It is the Sheriff’s authority, derived from the Carson City Charter, Chapter 213, as approved by the Nevada State Legislature, to appoint an administrative staff of up to six employees (Chapter 213, paragraph 2.330) to fulfill his functions.
The Undersheriff is appointed by the Sheriff. The Undersheriff oversees all the operational and administrative functions of the Sheriff’s Office and acts with the full authority of the Sheriff as directed.
Assistant Sheriff, Operations: Appointed by the Sheriff. The Assistant Sheriff overseeing Operations is responsible for all defined “police” functions within a community. These include Patrol, Traffic, Detectives, Lab, and Evidence Vault. Additional responsibilities include the functions of SWAT, Gang Unit, Special Enforcement, K-9 program, Reserve auxiliary units, and vehicle fleet management.
Assistant Sheriff, Administration: Appointed by the Sheriff. The Assistant Sheriff oversees those activities most directly associated with a Sheriff’s Office. These include the Detention Division, Communications/Dispatch, Civil and Records, Volunteers In Police Service units, Chaplains Program, and RSVP volunteers. NRS 248.050 requires this functional assignment to be filled.
Chief, Administrative Affairs: Appointed by the Sheriff and is the simple point of contact for the regulatory agency (P.O.S.T.). The Chief is responsible for overseeing the careers of every employee of the Sheriff’s Office. This begins with the recruitment and testing, and follows all the way through annual training certifications. Particular emphasis is placed on P.O.S.T. requirements, including Reserve and Reserve Mounted Units.
Chief, Financial Officer: Appointed by the Sheriff. The Chief Financial Officers responsibilities are to report directly to the Sheriff on all business matters of the department, to include budget, grants, and revenue sources.
Although the Sheriff has two additional positions (vacant) entitled to him within the Carson City Charter, he has elected not to utilize them. Driving economic conditions have steered this decision. Instead, the policy has been to provide for those positions necessary to achieve the highest “Quality of Life” in Carson City.