Third candidate lines up for sheriff |

Third candidate lines up for sheriff

by Sheila Gardner

Michael Gyll talks about running for Douglas County sheriff on Thursday.

The race for Douglas County sheriff has attracted a third candidate.

Michael Gyll, 43, a Johnson Lane resident, said Thursday he would file Monday for the nonpartisan office.

He recently retired after a 21-year career with the Nevada Highway Patrol and Department of Public Safety Investigations Division.

Sheriff Ron Pierini, 61, announced last May he would seek re-election to his fifth term. Minden financial planner and DCSO reserve deputy David Brady, 58, also announced his candidacy. Brady is a former school board member and county commissioner.

It's been more than 30 years since there has been a contested race for sheriff. With three candidates, the contest will go to a June 10 primary with the top two facing off in the November election.

Gyll said he had been approached by several people who wanted to see a "fresh face" in the DCSO.

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He retired from the Department of Public Safety in June, and has spent several months thinking about the campaign.

With his law enforcement experience, and youth, Gyll said he believed he could make a difference.

"I believe we need to shine the star, it's a little tarnished. I think we need a change of the old guard and more transparency," Gyll said.

"In 1988-90, Douglas County was the place to work," he said. "Young guys don't want to work there now. I think we need a house cleaning. Officers need to be proud of not only the job they do, but the place they work."

Prior to becoming a police officer, Gyll was an enlisted Army paratrooper and veteran of a foreign war.

In 1995, he was assigned to the new Minden Nevada Highway Patrol substation.

He worked his way up through the ranks at the Department of Public Safety, retiring in June 2013 as a lieutenant assigned to the investigation division as headquarters commander.

He was responsible for two narcotic task forces, a major crimes unit, polygraph examination unit, division records and retention unit, administrative assistants, budget planning and procurement officer, division fleet officer, division training and firearms coordinator.

As an administrator, Gyll said he has an open door policy.

"My people know I don't keep anything from them. I am there to give them what they need. I am about safety," he said.

He has three children, Courtney, 22; Luke, 7; and Reagyn, 5. He lives in Johnson Lane with his wife, Melissa, and their two youngest children.

"I was raised in a law enforcement family, having my father, uncles, cousins, and brother-in-law all serving with pride, commitment and courage," Gyll said.

Gyll said he was creating a website and Facebook page within the next few days.

The sheriff's race is his first attempt at public office.

"I don't think the name recognition is an uphill battle, I think it's more of a challenge," Gyll said. "We need youth at the table. There's got to be a change."

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