Washoe County welcomes new Sheriff

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County Complex was packed with members of the community and law enforcement as the county welcomed a new Sheriff.

“I am overwhelmed with joy and excitement; for me this has been a long time coming, very excited, it's been over two-plus decades when I started my career, set up this goal, and now it's coming to fruition, very excited, very excited,” says Darin Balaam.

Darin Balaam is the county's 27th Sheriff, sworn in January 7, 2019 along with other elected county officials.

“It hasn't set in, but for me it’s very honoring, especially since my dad wore this uniform; for me it’s special, very special,” he says.

He says sex trafficking, opioids and mental health are among the first issues to be tackled. He says he also wants to add 10 deputies every year over the next four years and to continue to serve be a good partner in the community.

Balaam replaces Chuck Allen, who did not run for re-election.