Heidi has always been like an aunt to me. I truly love this woman. She is so strong, driven, and not afraid to stand up for what’s right (even when she has everything to lose for doing it). I’m so proud of her and honored to be considered family!”
Ashley Nicole Smith
Emergency Department Nurse
Heidi's Ties to Northern Nevada
Heidi comes naturally by her drive and determination to surmount challenges.
Her father, who came to Reno in the mid-1970s, overcame dyslexia to graduate from high school and become a department head with a Reno business. Heidi’s mother came to this country from Germany at age 14, working as a housekeeper to pay back her passage and watching movies to learn English.
Both parents respected education as a way to rise in the world — and with professional success, they believed, came an obligation to help better one’s community. Heidi chose a law enforcement career as a way to learn, to grow, and to serve.
Heidi graduated from Proctor R. Hug High School, where she met her husband Bill in 1981; the high school sweethearts have been married for over 32 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia Southern University.
Over the years, Heidi has made continuing her professional education a priority, taking courses at the Senior Management Institute for Police training at Boston University, and the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.
Heidi’s civic and professional associations have included the Police Executive Research Forum, the National Sheriff’s Association, the American Jail Association, the International Association of Women Police, the Reno South Rotary Club, and Board Member of the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada. She and her husband live in Reno.