Sheriff Haley won't run for re-election

Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley
Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley
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Updated: 1/16/2014 11:51 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & - Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley will not run for re-election.  Haley will not run for re-election, nor will he run for any other office in 2014.

Haley had been rumored for possible runs at the open Reno Mayor seat or as a Democrat challenging Rep. Mark Amodei.

Haley ran unopposed in 2010 for the seat and won in a landslide in 2006 with 80% of the vote.


Good afternoon Folks,

Today, after a great deal of self-reflection and consultation with my family and others, I want to formally announce to you that I will not seek re-election for a third term as Sheriff.

In many ways, this has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made. But it is the right decision – for me, and for the future of this exceptional organization.

When I was elected in 2006, I met with many of you here today, as well as others who were part of my new staff and members of the public, to identify a number of goals that we believed would align the Sheriff’s Office mission with the needs of the community we serve. We believed a strategic, data-based management style would create public value.

With that in mind, we set out to create the framework of a system, I would go so far as to even say a culture, that would facilitate effective action, based on real-time information, regardless of the challenges we encountered.

As I stand before you today, I sincerely believe that these goals have been met and that the value of our management strategy has been successfully demonstrated over and over again during recent years.
There is no way for me to adequately thank each of you for your support, your dedication and your commitment during these past seven years.

I would only ask that, as we travel toward the end of my part in this journey, we continue to maintain our established managerial philosophies and focus like a laser on the challenges we will face during the coming year, including the transition from one administration to the next.

I know that many of you have benefited during my time as Sheriff through assignment, promotion and other professional opportunities.

I want to take this time to congratulate you once again on your successes and remind you that that you were responsible for those achievements through your actions. I would also ask you to keep in mind that, through those actions, you made it possible for management to fulfill it role.

Now I would like to take a moment to do something that is very important to me, apologize to those whose expectations I did not meet. Your dissatisfaction weighs heavily on me. I can only say to you that I have always done the very best job I could and made decisions that I felt would best benefit the public and our organization.

As managers of an agency that is supported by public resources, we must be accountable for value those resources produce. Each and every day managers are tasked to produce real results that benefit our society. If a manager cannot account for the value of their effort, through narrative AND through demonstrated accomplishments, then the legitimacy of their organization is undermined as is their ability to lead.

Producing results of value to our community has been our mission for the past few years and your challenge in the future. We must continue to make investments in new equipment, new technologies and new knowledge while taking full advantage of the immeasurable human capabilities this Office has to offer. I hope that the experiences we have shared together will be valuable to you in shaping our future.

Finally, it is my firm belief that the creativity and vitality of any organization depends on its willingness to renew itself.
We are now entering the next phase of that renewal process.

Thank you.
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ipanevada - 1/18/2014 4:26 AM
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Thanks for your many years of support. You've been a great community leader, mentor and friend.

Speed - 1/16/2014 3:12 PM
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Why get involved in the losing end of politics? Go out and have some fun,go fishing,golf,rock climbing,do something fun,something that DOESN'T put you in ANY amount of control of other people's well being.

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