Long-term Yavapai County resident and current Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office, David Rhodes, has announced his candidacy for the Office of Sheriff of Yavapai County. David was born in Bisbee, Arizona to a mining and ranching family and moved to the family’s ranch in the Verde Valley when he was five years old. It was there, in rural Yavapai County, that David’s conservative values and his love of country, family, and the great outdoors were fostered. After attending Yavapai College and the Reserve Academy, David was hired as a patrol deputy by the Sheriff’s Office in 1994. Over the past 25 years, David worked his way through the ranks to his current position as Chief Deputy.
When asked why he decided to run for the Office of Sheriff, David said: “I want to be the Sheriff of Yavapai County because my roots run deep in this county. This is where I grew up, it is where my family has had a presence since the early 1900’s, and it’s where I live. I want to play a role in preserving the things that make our county great—and public safety is a foundational element of any great community.” Rhodes went on to say: “I have been training my whole career for this job. I believe in the rule of law, fair and equitable application of the justice system, upholding the Constitution, and the defense of civil rights. As your Sheriff, I will work hard to decriminalize mental illness, continue to promote collaborative leadership across agencies, and seek cooperation with all sectors to produce cost savings.”
Rhodes’ campaign is off to an impressive start having already secured the endorsement of retiring Yavapai County Sheriff, Scott Mascher, who stated: “I fully endorse Dave Rhodes as Sheriff for Yavapai County. Dave has worked for the sheriff’s office for over 25 years and is experienced in all aspects of the job.”
Yavapai County Attorney, Sheila Polk, has also come out in support of Rhodes for sheriff. Polk stated: “I enthusiastically endorse David Rhodes as the next sheriff for Yavapai County. I have known and worked with him for many years and can personally attest to his high level of relevant experience and his remarkable leadership ability.”
Rhodes’ law enforcement experience, training, and education have uniquely qualified him to assume the Office of Sheriff. His professional training includes the International Association Chiefs of Police “Leadership in Police Organizations” program in 2008 and the prestigious FBI National Academy in 2011. Rhodes’ experience includes serving as the Commander of Law Enforcement and the Northern Arizona Regional Academy from 2011-2013 and the Commander of Detention Services from 2013-2016. In 2016, he assumed the duties of the Chief Deputy. As Chief Deputy, Rhodes is responsible for the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office and championed efforts for jail diversion, including both pre-arrest and post-arrest strategies, and the decriminalization of mental illness.
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