Lyon County Sheriff
Name: Captain Allen Veil
Occupation: Law Enforcement: Field Services Commander, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office
Family: Daughters Veronica, 21, and Erica, 18, both attend the University of Nevada; son Clint, 13, eighth-grader in Yerington; parents John and Mona of Yerington; three brothers, all live in Yerington.
Political Background: This is my first campaign for an elected office.
What is Lyon County’s most pressing law enforcement issue, and what do you intend to do to address it?
Lyon County’s most pressing law enforcement issue is the methamphetamine epidemic, coupled with tremendous growth.
I plan to continue on the path we are on. In July 2000, I created Lyon County’s first narcotics unit. The unit started with three deputies and a supervisor. During the last budget year, I was able to get the unit increased to four deputies. I also attended the Attorney General’s Summit on the Rural Methamphetamine Epidemic this past spring.
The summit was attended by personnel from all different disciplines. It confirmed what we already know: Methamphetamine is not a law- enforcement specific problem. We must work together to address the problem.
We are already working with community coalitions and our schools to educate our young people and community members to prevent the spread of this deadly drug.
I also will make budget requests, as I did last year, to increase our presence in the schools through the use of school resource officers. My staff will work with prosecutors to ensure that drug dealers receive lengthy prison sentences.
I will continue to work with the county commissioners and council members of our two cities to ensure that we have adequate manpower and facilities.
What sets you apart from your opponent?
For the past 24-plus years, I have proven to the residents of Lyon County that I am a man of high ethical and moral values.
My background is an open book. I have been trained and educated to become the sheriff of Lyon County.
I am knowledgeable and experienced in Nevada law, the statutory duties of the sheriff, and in the duties of a deputy sheriff in Nevada. I am employed in law enforcement and have up-to-date knowledge of case law and personnel law.
I have prepared and presented the budget for the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.
My training is specific in the areas of management and administration, including the FBI National Academy. I believe in holding our people accountable for their actions.
I have received endorsements from: The Lyon County Sheriff’s Employee’s Association, the Carson City Sheriff’s Association, Lyon County Sheriff Sid Smith, Storey County Sheriff Jim Miller, Churchill County Sheriff Rich Ingram, Washoe County Sheriff Dennis Balaam, Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada (represents 36 Nevada law enforcement agencies), the Lyon County Educator’s Association, as well as numerous other endorsements from other retired Lyon County officials and committees.
Contact information: P.O. Box 93 Yerington, NV 89447
(775) 463-6600 (Sheriff’s Office Business Only)
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Name: Charlie Duke
Occupation: Retired Los Angeles Police Department
Family: Wife Jan. Sons Charlie and Michael
Political background: Republican
What is Lyon County’s most pressing law enforcement issue and what do you intend to do to address it?
Drugs! Meth has become an epidemic on Veil’s watch and needs to be addressed. Deputies working the narcotic unit are only allowed to work two years and then have to leave; it takes them two years to learn the job.
Why would you transfer them out when they just obtained the expertise to combat the drug problem in the county? This was gross mismanagement.
I will end this ridiculous rule. A K-9 dog is a must for the war on drugs. I have dealt with K-9s since the mid-1980s. I know how to introduce the K-9 program into the county. It is effective when managed properly.
The program was mismanaged due to lack of experience by Allen Veil. I will bring back the K-9 program. Every deputy should be a drug-recognition expert. I will see to it they are.
They will have the opportunity to be trained in many other excellent drug- suppression programs. I will help the deputies and management excel in fighting drugs. Through the DARE program, I will assist the schools to bring in meth/drug forums, not only to the elementary schools but also to the middle and high schools.
What sets you apart from your opponent?
Experience! I have over 35 years experience with gangs and community- based policing. Veil has neither.
Veil, who shut down the community-based policing program, said “too much work” (6/9/06).
K-9’s are a must in reducing the meth problem. Veil stated “K-9s could only find peanut butter and jelly sandwiches” (8/10/06).
Veil stated “morale is not his problem” (7/24/06). I feel deputy morale is vital.
I have nationwide experience as an officer, administrator and teacher of law enforcement. Veil’s experience is homegrown. having never dealt with major urban crime that’s coming to Lyon County.
I put 2,400 recruits through the Police Academy. I managed training programs of approximately 8,000 officers. For 15 years, I assisted with budgets of $8 million. Had total responsibility for law enforcement units much larger than Lyon County.
I trained law enforcement nationwide including Nevada.
Veil trained at the FBI Academy; I taught at the FBI Academy.
Veil has 2,000 hours of training; I have 10,000 hours as a trainer.
It comes down to experience. Do you want to fly with a pilot in training or with a pilot with 10,000 hours of experience? The answer: Duke.
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