Washoe County elects new Sheriff

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Click for Secretary of State results

Washoe County voters Tuesday elected Darin Balaam their new sheriff to succeed outgoing Sheriff Chuck Allen, who did not seek re-election.

Balaam served 21 years with the Sheriff's Office, including a stint as Assistant Sheriff, and is the son of the late former Sheriff Dennis Balaam.

Balaam beat Heidi Howe, a retired Washoe County Sheriff's captain, 54-46%, and will take office in January.

Sheriff Allen released the following statement:

“I’d like to express my heartfelt congratulations to Sheriff-elect Balaam. The Sheriff-elect ran a very professional campaign that focused on important issues challenging the Office and I sincerely believe the citizens of Washoe County made the right choice in electing Darin as our county’s twenty-seventh Sheriff.

"One of my goals as Sheriff is to leave the Office in better shape than I found it. To help ensure that goal, I plan to work closely with the new Sheriff-elect to create as smooth of a transition as possible between now, and the day he takes office on January 7.

"I have invited Sheriff-elect Balaam to meet at the Sheriff’s Office next Tuesday, November 13, to begin that process.

"It has been an honor for me to serve as your Sheriff for these past four years. I look forward to continuing that service over the next two months and doing all that I can to help establish the next administration.

"Again, congratulations to Sheriff-elect Balaam. I look forward to working with you beginning next week.”