Last Wednesday, the White Pine County Commission appointed a new Sheriff. Two applicants, interviewed before the commission during the meeting. In the end, the commission voted unanimously to appoint Scott Henriod to be the White Pine County Sheriff until the election in 2018.
Henriod started with the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office in 1987 when he was hired as a deputy sheriff by Sheriff Buddy Sampson. Henriod said since childhood, he remembers one of his goals was to become a deputy.
Once he graduated the Nevada Peace Officer Standards Training, he was assigned as a patrol deputy. After several years with the department he was promoted to sergeant where he had the opportunity to supervise a patrol shift, while taking on additional assignments including deputy coroner and crime scene investigator.
In 1997, Henriod attended the FBI National Academy. Henriod also included that he was the DARE Officer for 10 years until it was discontinued due to a funding issue. Henriod’s resume produced an impressive list of training.
Henriod has been captain for 11 years, As Sheriff Watts was reaching the end of his current term and was preparing to retire, Henriod said he planned on running for the position of Sheriff in White Pine County in the 2018 election.
Henriod noted that being appointed into this position sped up the potential opportunity for him to continue serving the citizens of White Pine County in a different leadership role.
When asked what his goals are now that he is sheriff Henriod said, “My number one goal is to better employ relationships with management, and two is to better our relationship with the community and with the other departments, including all county agencies, making sure that the line of communication is open, and making sure that we can work together cooperatively.”
Letters of recommendation came from former Sheriff’s Buddy Sampson, Bernie Romero, as well as a letter from retired undersheriff Mike Francone. Dan Watts had also recommended Henriod to be appointed to sheriff in his letter of resignation.
During the interview, Henriod noted that law enforcement has fallen into a completely different era. “It used to be a place where people wanted to come to work, now with all the things that are going on across America, it’s very tough, and because of that, there are multiple job openings throughout the state of Nevada. You could go and work for just about any law enforcement because of all the positions.”
Henriod spoke of how competitive the market is, and hopes to work with the commission, to make sure law enforcement wages and benefits, are up, in addition to working conditions being up to standard and acceptable.
Morale in the office has been a huge factor and Henriod was asked what he plans were to resolve this issue. “Things are going to change we are going to build better relationships with our officers, and I think that comes from the top, as being the leader, If they see me work hard, then they’ll want to work hard, I’m dedicated to them and to our community, making it a better and safer place.”