Sheriff Ron Pierini is a second generation Nevadan. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice. He has 36 years of law enforcement experience, starting with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office from 1973 to 1975. In 1975 he was employed by the Nevada State Prison until 1976 when he started with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He was a Deputy Sheriff with the Department from 1976 to 1977. In 1978 he became a Lieutenant at the Lake Tahoe sub-station. In 1979 he became Captain and Lake Tahoe sub-station Commander. He was promoted to Undersheriff in 1994 and was appointed to Sheriff October 3, 1997. He was elected Sheriff on November 3, 1998 and has been re-elected as Sheriff of Douglas County since that time.
He is a graduate of the UNR Public Management Certificate Program. Sheriff Pierini is responsible for implementing several programs within the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. These programs include the School Resource Officer, Peer Court and Intervention officers to deter bullying and intimidation among students. The TRIAD program to improve the quality of life for seniors. Volunteer programs to supplement current staff that includes over 330 volunteers. Sheriff Pierini has started the Child Safety Seat program, D.A.R.E., G.R.E.A.T, Fighting Chance and Explorer Post. Sheriff Pierini has promoted many technological improvements including Firearm Automated Training System (FATS), Life Scan fingerprint system, sex offender-mapping program, laser radar units and constructing a public/police firearms shooting range. Sheriff Pierini is involved in many organizations including: Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge, Kiwanis Club of Gardnerville/Carson Valley, board member of Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, board member of the International Footprinters Association, board member and past president of the Nevada Sheriff's and Chief's Association. He is a member of the Rural Law Enforcement Technology Council, and was appointed by the Governor of Nevada to the Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission and is presently Chairman. Also, he has been appointed to the Amber Alert Commission.
Undersheriff Paul Howell has been a member of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 1987. Undersheriff Howell has worked a wide variety of assignments in every division on his way up through the ranks. His assignments have included serving as the Jail Division Commander, Sergeant in the Patrol Division, Investigator in the Investigations Division and at the TRI-NET Narcotics Task Force, and he was a Deputy in both the Patrol and Jail Divisions. Collateral duties have included serving within the Professional Standards Unit, SWAT team, Deputy Coroner, Field Training Officer, and firearms instructor.
Undersheriff Howell holds a Nevada P.O.S.T Executive Certificate, and and has an associate's degree in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the 212th session of the F.B.I. National Academy and serves as the President of the Nevada Chapter of the F.B.I. National Academy Association. Undersheriff Howell is an active member of the Nevada Sheriff’s and Chief’s Association and serves that organization as the Chairman of the Concealed Weapons Committee. Undersheriff Howell and his wife, Lois, have been married for many years and enjoy their life together in the Carson Valley. Their hobbies include archery, mountain biking, hunting and shooting, skiing, and motorcycling.
Captain David Aymami has been a member of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 1984. Captain Aymami started as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in 1984 and became a full time Officer in 1986. He has worked and supervised a wide variety of assignments in every division on his way up through the ranks. His assignments have included serving as a Deputy in the Jail and Patrol Divisions, Investigator in the Investigation Division, Sergeant in the Jail, Patrol, and Investigation Divisions. Collateral duties have included SWAT team leader, Deputy Coroner, Field Training Officer, administrating the alcohol compliance check program, Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Commander, polygraph examiner, Defensive Tactics, Chemical agents, and firearms instructor. Captain Aymami has obtained a Nevada P.O.S.T Executive Certificate and is a graduate of the 230th session of the F.B.I. Academy.
Captain Aymami was raised in South Lake Tahoe and now resides in Carson Valley. He enjoys time on or in the water, jet skiing or scuba diving, working out at the gym, spending time with his kids, motorcycling, and hunting. Captain Aymami is currently assigned as the Patrol Division and SWAT Commander.
Captain Dan Britton has been a member of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since 1983. Captain Britton served in a wide variety of assignments as he was promoted up through the ranks. Captain Britton worked in the Jail, Patrol, and Investigations Divisions, to include an assignment with the DEA, South Lake Tahoe Task Force. Following his promotion to Sergeant he supervised operations in the Jail, Patrol and Investigations Divisions. While assigned to the investigations Division Captain Britton helped establish and implement the Street Enforcement Team. Captain Britton was one of the original members of the SWAT Team which was formed in 1985 and he has been a member of SWAT for over 24 years. Captain Britton is also the department range master. Captain Britton holds a Management POST Certificate, an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from the Western Nevada Community College and is a graduate of the 194th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Captain Britton, his wife Lori and their son live in the Carson Valley. Captain Britton is currently assigned as the Administrative Division Commander.
Captain Joe Duffy has been with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since 1995. Prior to his career with Douglas County Captain Duffy worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office. Captain Duffy has performed a wide variety of assignments in every division on his way up through the ranks. Captain Duffy's previous assignments include serving as a Sergeant in the Patrol and Investigations Divisions and Deputy Sheriff in the Patrol and Jail Divisions, a K-9 handler and supervisor, Field Training Officer, FTO Coordinator, Deputy Coroner, Gang Unit and SWAT team member. Captain Duffy holds a Management POST certificate and is currently working on his BA degree in Business Management. Captain Duffy and his wife Deputy Teresa Duffy enjoy raising their family here in the Carson Valley and Captain Duffy enjoys playing softball, running, weight lifting, drawing and painting. Captain Duffy is the Jail Division Commander.
Captain John Milby has been a member of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since 1990, when he began his career as a reserve deputy. John has worked a wide variety of assignments in the Patrol, Investigation, and Jail Divisions during his career, serving as a field training officer and SWAT team member before promoting to Captain. John's other duties include managing the Professional Standards Unit, serving as a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and serving as President of Douglas County Secret Witness. John earned his master's degree in security studies at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and he holds a bachelor's degree in management. John attended the FBI National Academy, session 242, in Quantico, Virginia, is a subscribing member of the Police Executive Research Forum, and holds a Nevada P.O.S.T. Executive Certificate.
John is a life-long resident of Norther Nevada. John and his wife, Kate, have three children and are active members of the community. John enjoys spending time with his family running, hiking and reading. John is currently assigned as commander of the Investigation Division.