Fair. Honest. Inclusive. Forward-Thinking. Experienced. Trustworthy. Knowledgeable. Accountable. Nevada Rooted.
Plain and simple, Retired Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Captain Heidi Howe is the most qualified and experienced administrative leader in the race for Sheriff 2018.
In 1988, Heidi Howe began her career in local law enforcement as a Reno Police Officer. In 1991, she set out on a decorated and devoted career with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, rising in the ranks of the department from deputy, to sergeant, to lieutenant, to captain.
While in her 26 years with the Sheriff's Office, she managed a team of 350 law enforcement officers and civilians, oversaw a $56 million budget, supervised custody of more than 1,300 adult detainees, and lead the $20 million jail expansion from breaking ground to ribbon cutting. She also is the most innovative, collaborative, and understanding of our needs for the future, including her unique initiatives to treat substance use disorders in the jail, adjusting to the growth of our city, keeping our spending local, and regional special victims units and programs for seniors, veterans and victims of sex trafficking.
Nevada-rooted, Heidi and her husband - a retired volunteer firefighter - have committed their lives to protecting and serving our community.
Get to know Howe. Then make your decision on who should be our next Sheriff.
As a retired broadcast journalist, I don’t normally make endorsements in political races but with Heidi there’s an exception. I have known Heidi and her family for years. She is a consummate professional committed to her work in law enforcement. But more than that, she will take a human approach as Sheriff. As the divide widens between law enforcement and the people they serve the Sheriff’s Department needs someone who not only knows the law but understands that people matter too. Heidi has the right temperament to build bridges, not tear them down. She has earned the respect of her colleagues and the public as well. She will continue to build on the outstanding reputation of the Washoe County Sheriff’s office by being firm, but fair. She will be accessible to both deputies and citizens. Heidi gets my support and more importantly, my vote."
Retired Northern Nevada Broadcast Journalist