Wed, April 08

Waugh to run for sheriff

On July 10, Republican Steve Waugh announced his candidacy for Yavapai County sheriff, filing the necessary papers at the Elections Department in the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office in Prescott.

The campaign committee — “Waugh for Sheriff” — is chaired by Steve Skurja, with Barbara Waugh serving as the committee’s treasurer. The Republican primary for Yavapai County sheriff will be in September 2004.

In declaring his candidacy, Waugh said, “The job of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is to make sure that all citizens feel safe in their homes and that their families have neighborhoods to live in that are free of crime. I will work every day to make sure that happens.”

Over the past several months under an official exploratory committee, Steve Waugh has been investigating the possibility of running for Yavapai County sheriff. He has met with a broad cross-section of law enforcement personnel and community leaders from rural and urban areas throughout the county, including the Verde Valley, the Prescott Tri-City Area, Black Canyon City, Wilhoit and Baghdad.

As a candidate, Waugh intends to continue these discussions with Yavapai County residents, saying, “I have to admit I already have some strong opinions about the future needs of the Sheriff’s Office, but throughout my 30-year career in law enforcement, I have always believed you can never stop learning from the public and the employees you serve. To be an effective leader and administrator, you need to listen to what the people think, determine what their issues of concern are, and use that feedback to continually improve your agency.”

After retiring from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, Steve Waugh and his wife, Barbara, chose to leave the city and enjoy the more rural lifestyle of Prescott. Waugh points out that Yavapai County today is similar to the Las Vegas of 38 years ago, when he first started working in law enforcement.

“Las Vegas was relatively rural and had a laid-back, hometown atmosphere. Today it has become a sprawling Metropolitan area. I have experienced first-hand that growth and intimately understand how important it is for a law enforcement agency to adapt to these new challenges. I strongly believe my experience and new leadership would be invaluable to the Sheriff’s Office, and could help prevent problems and avoid the pitfalls most growing communities and metropolitan areas inevitably face.”

A decorated Vietnam Veteran, Waugh returned to the Las Vegas Police Department shortly after he came back from tour of duty overseas.

He began his career in the streets and on motorcycle patrols. Over the next 23 years, Waugh worked his way up the supervisory and leadership ladder both in the field and in jail administration, retiring as an assistant sheriff with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Waugh has an A.A. in Law Enforcement, a B.A. in Criminal Justice, and is a graduate of both the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police.

Since moving to Yavapai County six years ago, Waugh has been

actively involved in law enforcement, including serving as Interim Police Chief in Chino Valley. Steve Skurja, chair of the “Waugh for Sheriff" campaign committee, worked with Waugh at the Prescott Police Department when Waugh was a management analyst. “Steve Waugh’s broad experience in law enforcement, community policing and employee-management relations gives him the tools and the know-how to develop creative solutions and bring new ideas to the table”, said Skurja. “I believe Steve Waugh would be a tremendous asset to the Sheriff’s Office.”

Steve Waugh and the Waugh for Sheriff Committee can be reached by calling 928-445-4810 or by email at .

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