Straight Talk from Heidi Howe
Growth in Washoe County
In 16 years, our community has grown by 100,000 people. While we have expanded the number of Reno Police Officers, the number of Sheriff Deputies has dropped from 438 in 2008 to 407 in 2016.
DID YOU KNOW that the Sheriff’s Office is responsible for our one and only jail and all detainees, including arrests by the Reno Police Department? This means more incarcerations and fewer deputies to handle the load. The number of deputies out on patrol have the same staffing issues. This adds cost to you, the taxpayer, by SPENDING MORE on overtime for existing deputies rather than hiring additional sworn deputies - which would save money in the long run.
HOWE’S ANSWER TO THE ISSUE: It is her responsibility, as Sheriff, to ensure the community is safe, adjusts to its growth, remain within budget, and fill needed jobs. Think of the Sheriff as the CEO of a company with a $115-million budget and over 750 employees. The Sheriff not only needs to lead, but more importantly administrate. HOWE HAS THE MOST SHERIFF’S OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMMAND LEVEL LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE of all the candidates.
Let's Keep Our Tax Dollars Local
DID YOU KNOW currently, no private vendor companies (i.e. inmate medical services, inmate mental health care, etc.) contracted by the Sheriff’s Office are based in Nevada?
HOWE’S ANSWER TO THE ISSUE: Find innovative and collaborative ways to work with non-profits and local providers to improve outcomes, save money, and reduce recidivism by working together, and investing in the success of our community.
Opioids & Substance Abuse in (and Out, and Back In) Our Jail
DID YOU KNOW Nevada is 4th in the nation for drug overdoses? 80% of people who commit crimes have substance use disorders. 60-80% of inmates with substance use disorders commit a new crime (typically a drug-driven crime) after release back to the community.
We have a major problem that is not being fixed by strictly incarcerating these individuals. If not treated while we have them off the streets, the majority will go back to the same crimes keeping their disorder going - then where do they end up? Back in our jail - costing the taxpayer double.
HOWE’S ANSWER TO THE ISSUE: Put forward a unique program that will actually save money, save lives, and help to stop repeat offenders. Treatment can be started in the jail, with a “warm hand-off” to local providers who can continue the process in the community. Between local non-profits, local providers, and others, we can start this process without asking for additional funding!
Regional Special Victims Unit
DID YOU KNOW Howe intends to create SVU’s and Programs to tackle some our biggest issues in the community?
SENIORS - 60+ is the fastest growing segment of our community. We have excellent units for crimes against juveniles and domestic violence. Howe will create one to invest in the safety of our seniors.
VETERANS - struggling to adjust, many Veterans all to often become involved with our criminal justice system. Howe’s Sheriff’s Office will improve collaboration with the Veteran’s Administration, local non-profits, and veterans themselves, utilizing national best-practices to improve programs behind jail walls to get our Veterans back on track.
SEX TRAFFICKING - Howe will utilize an opportunity through the jail to reach out to victims of sex trafficking who have been incarcerated. By collaborating with non-profits and service organizations, we can remove these victims from this horrific situation, connecting them with help to break the cycle of crime, violence, and exploitation.
Heidi isn’t going to play sheriff, she wants to get stuff done! She’s a mover and shaker. What I love most about Heidi is her transparency, she has taken the highs and lows of her career and rolled them into success. We need these kinds of leaders! We need leaders who are moved to create good for all. We need leaders who are passionate about the welfare of this community. We need leaders who are servants to the community. That type of servitude drives their leadership.”
Ms. Elizabeth Genasci
Local Business Owner
Experience, Education and Community/Professional Engagement
As a member of the Sheriffs Green Ribbon Committee, I’ve gotten the chance to work with Heidi Howe and because of her Experience and Passion she has my vote for Washoe County Sheriff. Not because she’s a woman but because she knows how to save money and increase the safety of the place we love to call home."
Formerly with KKOH
- Captain - Detention Bureau
- Daily Jail Operations
- Jail Support Services
- Food Services, Supply, Property, Project Management
- Contract Management
- Detention Response Team - high risk trial management
- District Courts and Court Transportation
- Detention Administrative Support Unit
- Inspections, Audits, Compliance, Policy, Research
- Inmate Management Unit/Inmate Assistance Program
- Washoe County Jail Expansion Project Management - $20 million jail expansion
- Lieutenant - Administrative Bureau
- Commander – Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy
- Interim Director – Regional Public Safety Training Center
- Washoe County Sheriff's Office Training Section
- Backgrounds and Recruitment
- Research and Development Unit
- Fleet Management
- Commander – Detention Response Team
- Hostage Negotiator
- Field Training Officer
- Nevada P.O.S.T. Instructor
- Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration - Columbia Southern University
- Administrative Officer’s Course - Southern Police Institute, Louisville, KY
- Senior Management Institute for Police - Boston, MA
- Certified Jail Manager and Life Member - American Jail Association
- National Jail Leadership Command Academy - American Jail Association
- National Instructor - American Jail Association
- SWAT Command and Decision Making - National Tactical Officers Association
Professional & Civic Associations
- Reno South Rotary
- Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada – Board of Directors
- International Association of Women Police
- American Jail Association - Board of Directors 2014-2017
- Police Executive Research Forum
- National Sheriff’s Association
- Washoe County Sheriff's Deputies Association - member 1991-2006
- Washoe County Sheriff's Supervisory Deputies Association - member 2006-2017