Douglas County sheriff candidate Dave Brady announced Friday that former Capt. Steve Orr has joined his campaign to serve as undersheriff should he be elected in November.
Orr, 65, is chief of police in Lewiston, Idaho, where he has served since his appointment in 2008.
Previously, he spent 26 years working for Douglas County, achieving the rank of captain.
“I am extremely excited and proud to have Steve join the campaign, and believe his extensive leadership and operational law enforcement experiences will be a strong addition to the management team,” Brady said.
Orr joined Brady at the candidate’s Minden office for an interview Friday.
“For me, an opportunity to come back and finish my career where I started — with the same love and passion for the job I’ve always had — was too good to pass up,” Orr said.
“We intend to create an environmental organization where the culture is that employees are respected and trusted to be productive,” Orr said.
Brady said Orr contacted him from Idaho after he announced his candidacy in October.
“We talked for a couple of hours, and determined that we shared the same goals of transformational leadership, and would be a good fit,” Brady said. “Steve coming back creates an extremely powerful team.”
Brady said Orr’s experience fills any perceived void in his own operational skills.
Brady, 58, is a certified financial planner.
He served on the Douglas County School Board for nine years before being appointed Douglas County commissioner in 2005 by Gov. Kenny Guinn where he served for six years before losing the race in 2010 to Commissioner Lee Bonner.
He has been a reserve deputy sheriff for 15 years.
Prior to relocating to Nevada in 1985, Brady served as a police officer for Redondo Beach, Calif., for eight years. He was a patrolman, traffic officer and worked primarily as a K-9 officer.
“Bringing Steve on with his operational skills complements my leadership skills. I won’t be shy about recognizing that is a void in my resumé, but it addresses my concerns,” Brady said.
Orr said their individual styles would benefit the sheriff’s department and the community.
Brady said reaction has been positive to his candidacy.
He is opposing incumbent Sheriff Ron Pierini who has announced he is seeking his fifth term.
Brady is campaigning on the premise that he is giving voters a choice for the first time in 32 years, reflecting on the last time there was a contested race for sheriff.
“Most people believe we have a safe community, but I think it can be safer,” Brady said. “Steve’s integrity and character are personal attributes that are evident to all who know him, and are reflected in his leadership style. His expertise will serve the residents of Douglas County extremely well in making our community safer.”
Orr said he left the sheriff’s office in 2008 because the Lewiston position gave him the opportunity to develop his skills as the chief executive officer of a law enforcement agency.
Orr said he advised his staff and city manager that he planned to retire at the end of this year. If Brady were elected, he would take office next January.
Orr said working in Douglas County and Lewiston has provided him with insight and perspective to be an effective undersheriff.
“I had 26 years here, and seven in Lewiston, and there are issues that need to be addressed,” Orr said.
Brady said he and Orr plan a busy schedule to meet voters and listen to their concerns.
“This is a contact sport,” Brady said of campaigning. “Our intentions are pure. We want to offer voters an alternative and plan to keep this campaign positive.”
Orr said it has always been his intention to return to Douglas County. He and his wife, Toni, kept their home, and Toni Orr has continued to travel between Idaho and Nevada working as a registered nurse.
Their daughter, Katie, is an 18-year-old college student.
Orr has two grown sons and three grandchildren in Gardnerville and Vacaville, Calif.