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Undersheriff Kuzanek announces run for Sheriff
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Jan 29, 2014 | 1180 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Washoe County Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek formally announced his candidacy Tuesday for the office of Washoe County Sheriff at the Boys and Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Washoe County Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek formally announced his candidacy Tuesday for the office of Washoe County Sheriff at the Boys and Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows.
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Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek formally announced his candidacy Tuesday for Sheriff of Washoe County, in hopes of moving one step up to claim the office currently held by Mike Haley, who is in his final year.

Kuzanek addressed a large crowd Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows, saying he will focus his efforts toward bringing down violent crime rates, curbing domestic violence and providing education and protection against identity and cyber theft. Kuzanek said his tactics would align with the current “data-driven environment” being used to suppress crime.

“It is always my greatest fear that a senior is going to be out there and be a victim of a crime and be afraid to call us,” Kuzanek said after mentioning that his mother was a victim of identity theft. “From my perspective, any senior who calls the Washoe County Sheriff's Office in need of help can be guaranteed we will show up and help you.”

Kuzanek had support from Sheriff Haley and retired Sheriffs Dennis Balaam and Richard Kirkland, along with Mayors from the cities of Sparks and Reno, Sen. Greg Brower, Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick and Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgado. Kuzanek stressed that his 21-years of experience in the WCSO would help inform decisions as Sheriff and influence the foundation currently established at the law enforcement agency.

“I can tell you from my perspective that leadership matters at every level,” Kuzanek said. “I know what it feels like to put others in harm’s way. I know this because I have been there on both sides. I have been a supervisor and the operator as well. I know that sometimes it can be tough to make the right decision, but I know I can make those decisions going forward as Sheriff because I have made them before, even when the circumstances were challenging.

“I can assure you that in the future I will make those tough decisions with a great deal of thought, consideration and deliberation.”

Kuzanek has held many roles in several WCSO departments, including detention, patrol, undercover narcotics and special teams, such as hostage negotiation and SWAT. Kuzanek has also represented Nevada law enforcement at the Nevada Legislature and is the creator and director of the Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center.

“(Kuzanek) brings to this office the same commitment I did,” Sheriff Haley said. “He brings the support of his family to help nurture him as he meets the challenges that will come and that he will face. Tim has worked in and supervised most all the operations of the Sheriff’s office, including the budget of WCSO.

"He has the skills. He has the knowledge. He has the understanding of this complex office to be successful. He will guide this office into the future.”

Kuzanek, who said his two greatest supporters were his wife and daughter watching from the crowd, also stressed communication being a major component of his platform both inside the police agency and in the community.

“I will work to enhance information sharing and communication not only internally, but externally as well,” he said. “I will pledge today to listen to all viewpoints, even the critical ones, with an eye on resolving conflict. As Sheriff, I will continue to concentrate on getting as much out of the budget as I possibly can, ensuring your expectations are met and that the value you expect is received.”

Kuzanek is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course and the Police Executive Leadership Program where he was named as a “Dean’s Scholar” by the Department of Justice Administration, College of Arts and Science, University of Louisville.
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