Executive Staff Biographies

Sheriff Mike Haley

Michael Haley was elected Sheriff of Washoe County on November 7, 2006, taking office on January 2, 2007.  He was elected to a second four year term on January 1, 2011 and ran unopposed.  He is only the second Sheriff in over 64 years to be promoted through the ranks and assume the command position.

Sheriff Haley has an extensive background in all areas of the Sheriff’s Office.  He began his career as a Deputy in 1980; he has worked in and supervised every division within the Sheriff’s Office including Administration, Detectives, Patrol, and Detention.   During his tenure on the SWAT Team, he quickly rose through the ranks from team leader to SWAT Commander.

A majority of his law enforcement career has been in a command or supervisory position with a major focus on budgetary restraint and innovation.

Since taking over command of the Sheriff’s Office, Michael Haley has made great strides in bringing the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to the forefront of high-tech law enforcement standards.   He is responsible for the building of the Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism and Cyber Center at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.  These state-of-the-art facilities provide crime analysts the means to research and evaluate crime statistics throughout our region and coordinate efforts with other law enforcement agencies.

Sheriff Haley in 2007 implemented a technologically advanced method of reporting, tracking, and analyzing crime statistics entitled Area Crime Evaluation System (ACES).  This Compstat-based system provides a way for all the divisions of the Sheriff’s Office to share information about current crime trends and act proactively to reduce crime.

Michael Haley was born and raised in farming communities in the Midwest.  He was honorably discharged from the United States Army as a First Sergeant.  He graduated with honors from Northeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice while being employed at the Kirksville Police Department.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Secret Service Executive Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police Executives at Harvard University, Southwest Command College for Law Enforcement Executives, and the Drug Enforcement Academy.

In addition to his duties as Sheriff, he serves as Vice-Chair for the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security, Chairman of the Nevada High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, past President of the Nevada Sheriffs’ & Chiefs’ Association, Chairman of the State of Nevada Network (SONNet) and on the Board of Directors of Leadership in the Counter Terrorism Alumni Association.

Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek

Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek is second in command of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. He acts in the capacity of Chief Administrator and Executive Officer to the Sheriff. His responsibilities include strategic operations and oversight of all Sheriff’s Office Divisions.

Undersheriff Kuzanek began his service with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in 1993. During his career he gained Executive, Command and Line experience in all Sheriff’s Office Bureaus which include Detention, Operations, Special Operations and Administration.

Experience in these areas was gained through command and line assignments in Detention, Patrol, Detention Response Team, S.W.A.T., Undercover Narcotic Operations, Hostage Negotiations, Clandestine Laboratory Investigations, Training, Helicopter Observer and numerous additional specialties.

Undersheriff Kuzanek served as the Director of the Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center. He represented the Sheriff’s Office and all of Nevada’s law enforcement community in Governmental Affairs at the Nevada Legislature. He has served on many Commissions, Boards, and Committees for the State of Nevada and currently serves as the Director of the Regional Public Safety Training Center.

He is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course and the Police Executive Leadership Program where he was named as a “Dean’s Scholar” by the Department of Justice Administration, College of Arts and Science, University of Louisville.

Undersheriff Kuzanek has received numerous awards and commendations throughout his career including the Sheriff’s Meritorious Service Medal and has received special recognition from the Nevada Legislature, the United States Office of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the Pentagon.

Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek also has the distinct honor of being Honorably Commissioned into the Order of “Kentucky Colonels.”

Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam

Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam began his service with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office as a civilian in 1993, and joined commissioned staff as a Deputy in 1994.

Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam has command experience in Patrol, Detention, and Special Operations to include SWAT, K-9, Hostage Team, and Detectives. As the Assistant Sheriff of Operations, he directs the activities of the Patrol and Special Operations Division, including Investigations.

He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute’s 127th Administrative Officers Course. Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam was named as a “Dean’s Scholar” for the spring semester of 2012 by the Department of Justice Administration College of Arts and Science. Throughout his years of service to Washoe County, Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam has made skills training a priority. He received extensive training in the area of Special Tactics as well as Leadership and Command skills.

Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam is the Chairman for the Washoe County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and a member of the Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board. He is a sixth generation native Nevadan and proudly volunteers as a coach for the YMCA Youth Basketball Program.

Assistant Sheriff Anthony Miranda

Assistant Sheriff Anthony Miranda began his career in law enforcement as a reserve deputy with the Sheriff’s Office in 1985. In 1987, he graduated from the Sheriff’s Office first Deputy Academy and joined the agency as a full time Deputy Sheriff.  In the last 27 years, Miranda gained a full range of command and executive leadership experience in all three bureaus: Administration, Detention and Operations.

As Assistant Sheriff of the Administrative Bureau, he has operational command of the Forensic Sciences Division (Crime Lab), Administrative Services (Records and Civil), the Regional Public Safety Training Center, Training Division, Research and Development, Backgrounds, Community Relations, Dispatch and Fleet Services.

Miranda received the Sheriff’s Office Bronze Star Medal during his tenure in the Regional Gang Unit for his “extraordinary efforts at personal risk.”  He also received the Reno Police Department’s Commander’s Commendation while assigned to the Gang Unit.  His career emphasis has focused on the value of leading-edge law enforcement training.  He is a recognized and experienced 24 year Field Training Officer, having provided guidance and counsel to hundreds of deputies over last two decades. Miranda has instructed at the Regional Public Safety Training Center and has also served as a senior trainer/instructor at the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Academy and Patrol Orientation schools.  He is a certified Situational Awareness Training (SAT) instructor.

Assistant Sheriff Miranda is a graduate of the University of Phoenix where he earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  He is also a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute’s 130th Administrative Officers Course.

Miranda’s career highlights include his work “acting as a voice for child victims” in the Detective Division’s Crimes Against Children Unit, his assignment in the Regional Gang Unit, his assignment to the Office of Professional Integrity and his work as a Tactical Flight Officer with the Sheriff’s Office Regional Aviation Unit (RAVEN).

A 36 year Nevadan, Miranda enjoys baseball, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.  Many describe him as a “true gentleman” and respect him for his honesty, integrity and dedication.

Assistant Sheriff Russell Pedersen

Assistant Sheriff Russell Pedersen began his service with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff in 1997.  Assistant Sheriff Pedersen has a full range of command and leadership experience in all three bureaus: Administrative, Detention and Operations.

As the Assistant Sheriff in charge of the Detention / Courts Bureau, he commands all functions of the Washoe County Consolidated Detention Facility.  In addition, Assistant Sheriff Pedersen is responsible for the overall protection of the Mills Lane Justice Complex, the Second Judicial District Court, and all its associated departments.

Throughout his career with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Assistant Sheriff Pedersen has served in a multitude of specialty and command assignments, including:  Detention Boot Camp, Civil Division, Regional Aviation Unit (RAVEN), Northern Nevada Regional Law Enforcement Academy, Dispatch Communications, Research & Development, Training, Backgrounds, Fleet Services and Search & Rescue, where he was awarded the Vincent G. Swinney Medal for Excellence in Search and Rescue.

Assistant Sheriff Pedersen graduated from the 254th Session of the FBI National Academy in September 2013.

Assistant Sheriff Pedersen’s experiences have taught him the importance of teamwork, multi-agency collaboration and community support.  He finds gratification each day in knowing he has the privilege of working with dedicated individuals throughout the county who love serving the community as much as he does.



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