YERINGTON, Nev. (KOLO) - Lyon County Sheriff Al McNeil has announced his bid for re-election. He is in the final year of his first term, having been elected in 2014.
McNeil is a United States Marine Corp veteran, and says it has been an honor to serve Lyon County citizens "while safeguarding their Constitutional protections and enforcing the rule of law under the duties of the Office of Sheriff."
“During the past three years we have made significant forward progress and I am proud of the many accomplishments of the agency,” McNeil says. “While still under economic hardships from the housing crash, we reallocated resources and built collaborative partnerships that brought mental health services into the jail to reduce recidivism, established a Mobile Outreach Safety Team helping citizens before they became involved in the criminal justice system, positioned three School Resource Officers to increase children school safety and is changing the law enforcement-public relationships for future generations, and brought in 21st Century technologies to enhance delivery of services for all of our citizens.”
“Our greatest accomplishment is the crime rate reduction that occurred in 2016 and held throughout 2017, which hasn’t been experienced in Lyon County since the 1990s” McNeil adds. He cites no single reason for the crime rate reduction, but believes it is a combination of the three philosophical strategies implemented after assuming office, which included community-oriented policing, intelligence-led policing, and restorative justice practices.
McNeil is a sitting member on the State of Nevada Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice, and participates in regional cooperative efforts to reduce the impact of crises precipitated by mental health. According to his biography, he has also participated in local service organizations including the Northern Nevada Veteran’s Coalition, Rotary International, American Legion, and others.
“I am constantly mindful of tax dollars to fund public safety,” he says. “As a fiscally restrained leader, I want to know the community’s return on investment before any dollar is spent.”
“Among my top priorities is developing strategies to change behaviors aimed at aggressive and assaultive behaviors, which leads to domestic violence and bullying. Much of the aggressive behavior starts in the home and bleeds over into our playgrounds and beyond. If we want to be the most desirable county in the nation to live in, we must put an end to this type of behavior.”