Washoe sheriff awards five promotions on Monday

Clockwise, from upper left: Lt. Frank Eubanks, Sgt. Martin Obos, Sgt. Dan Bales, Sgt. Levi Smith and Sgt. Peter Michel. Washoe County Sheriff's Office photos.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam gives promotions at a ceremony Monday, as the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office gets a new lieutenant and four new sergeants.

Sgt. Frank Eubanks will be promoted to lieutenant and deputies Dan Bales, Peter Michel, Martin Obos, and Levi Smith become sergeants.

Here is the sheriff’s office biographies on each:



  • Frank Eubanks began his law enforcement career at the Lovelock Police Department and was hired by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in October 1996. While a deputy in the detention bureau, Eubanks was a member of the Detention Response Team, rangemaster, field training officer, and an instructor in various areas of defense. He moved to patrol in 2004 where he was a SWAT member and was also on the major accident investigation team, and was a field training officer. Eubanks was promoted to sergeant in 2015 and has continued to serve on various teams and as a training officer. Eubanks was awarded the Bronze Star in 2011 for his role in a SWAT incident in Sun Valley.

  • Dan Bales was hired by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in January 2005. He has served in the detention bureau, on court transport and patrol. He has worked as rangemaster for the past seven years. He is also a member of SWAT.

  • Peter Michel has been with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office since March 2000. He has been a member of the inmate management unit, hostage negotiation team and peer support unit. He is trained as a crime scene investigator and is a field training officer. Michel also initiated the idea to bring music therapy to the detention facility’s mental health unit.

  • Martin Obos was also hired in March 2000. While a detention deputy, he served on the detention response team and as a field training officer. He served on patrol for 10 years during most of which he was a member of SWAT and a field training officer. He has served for the past three years in the civil unit. He has been awarded the Bronze Star three times during his career for acts of bravery.

  • Levi Smith was hired by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in January 2005. He has served in both detention and patrol. While in patrol, he has been a member of SWAT, and emergency vehicle driving instructor, a DUI instructor, and a field training officer. He was awarded the Bronze Star in 2018 for his part in the Montage shooting incident in downtown Reno.

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