On Oct. 8, Eureka candidates for County Commission, Sheriff, and School Board appeared before the Crescent Valley public for a Candidate’s Night. Editor’s note: Part two of three.
Sheriff candidate, Keith Logan spoke. “I have been in law enforcement. I’m in my 27th year now. I’ve attained all my P.O.S.T. certifications up to and including the Executive P.O.S.T. certificate in 2007. I graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy which is in Quantico, Virginia which is less than one-half of one percent of one percent of all law enforcement get an opportunity to do so.” In 2013, Logan graduated from the F.B.I. Command College for Small Agencies. “I’ve enjoyed almost five years of service here in Eureka County and prior to that I worked in Douglas County for 22 years, achieving the rank of Captain over there and now I am currently serving as your Under-Sheriff here as a resident of Eureka County and as a resident of Crescent Valley and have been for over a couple of years. I enjoy being here very much. I enjoy the beauty of this community.”
Logan said, “Right now we’re at a critical cross-roads of what BLM and law enforcement is expanding past their set mission and how they’re affecting our farmers and our sportsmen; how they’re effecting law enforcement beyond their capabilities and without what I believe to be legal justification and I’ve joined with the local sheriffs from around northeastern Nevada from Pershing County to Lincoln County to try to address those things not only at the legislative level with Senator Goicoechea and Assemblyman Hansen but from the County’s perspective and representing Eureka County and doing that with the permission and expressed guidance from the Board of County Commission. We’re facing some very difficult budget things as we approach this time-frame and we look at how we’re going to be affected in the next several months, to how that decision will be made through the votes; how that decision will be made through the legislative action. It’s very important from the County’s perspectives as they approach—we’ve been told that a hurricane is coming and we can either do nothing about that; we can have a hurricane party, which doesn’t solve anything either; or we can start by addressing all the department needs across the board: justifying everything that we do, and securing our house, battening down the hatches and make sure we can weather this storm as we move forward. I’m very proud of that effort. I’m proud of looking at the 2nd Amendment Rights and protecting the sportsmen’s ability in the lands that we have and keeping the federal government from doing and infringing upon our rights. I don’t think they’ve done a very good job at managing their own house; and I certainly don’t think they can manage our house and what we do here in rural Nevada. The one purpose that I wanted to do this for and have all along is that I want to serve all of Eureka County. That’s the reason I wanted to be the Sheriff and continue to do the job that I’ve done.”
Sheriff candidate Shane Cantrell spoke next. “I’ve got 25 years in law enforcement. I served in the United States Air Force for four years so I’m a Veteran. I served with the Eureka County Sheriff’s Office till 2012 and retired as a lieutenant there. I’ve since then been working with General Moly in security. One of the things I provided in the past when I was a lieutenant was I provided concealed weapons classes for the local community. At that time I took it upon myself to do that and the Sheriff’s Office didn’t want to be involved with taking money in for that. That is a service that if I get elected we will provide as a free service to this community. One of the other things that I started was a reserve deputy program with the Sheriff’s Office. They’ve since done away with that program. I’d like to bring that back. I’d like to have more community involvement with the Department, not less. One of my main topics for running was to try to stop the large amount of turn-over that’s been in the Sheriff’s Office in the last 9 years. We’ve lost 27 uniformed deputies in that time period and I believe that I can effectively bring the right people in when there’s openings and groom and maintain that staffing level and slow that to a trickle as far as a turn-over rate.” Cantrell said, “When we have a turn-over rate like that we lose a lot of training and experience.” Cantrell would like to advance training by “doing a lot of in-service training within the department and share that with other agencies and have other agencies come and it makes it cost-effective for the community as well because that training’s provided at no cost other than the time for the management staff to provide that to the deputies. So, thank you for your time. I appreciate it.”
Asked why he wants to be Sheriff, Cantrell said, “I’ve made this my home. You know I moved my whole life. My father was in the air force so we were transient. We were like gypsies.” Cantrell has bought a home here and felt compelled to run and said he’s been asked for years to run and in the past refused to and things “have changed in the Sheriff’s office and I’d like to get back to the grass roots there and that compelled me to run.”
Logan said, “I decided to run because I want to serve the community. I love it here. My lovely bride has just retired from being a career prosecutor. We’ve got a combined 52 years of public service. We want to build a cabin and be here for many years to come. We enjoy it here and I love taking care of people: that ability to serve and this is the best position; it’s the natural progression with the retirement of the Sheriff for me to move to. I’ve been successful in both positions that I’ve worked and I’d like to continue to serve this community.”
Asked the biggest issues facing the Sheriff’s Office, Cantrell said budget issues, the BLM, public trust due to the turn-over in the Sheriff’s department which makes the department ineffective and wants to see officers have a vested interest in the community; more community involvement and depending on funding starting the concealed weapons class and reserve deputies program. Cantrell would like to start a road rule program for the schools to alleviate issues.
Logan said budget issues are the biggest thing and with a budget just over $2.5 million the Sheriff’s office has been asked to supply the legal requirements while containing costs and that turn-over involves people “who don’t fit to the community” and “they come and they go” or with part-time or casual positions and they would “move on to full-time positions. We have looked at efficiently and effectively at why all those people have come and gone.” Logan said the reserve program in the county wasn’t complying with state certification and “being a small community will always be an issue here.”