Douglas sheriff mounts up for Nevada Day |

Douglas sheriff mounts up for Nevada Day

Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini, center, rides a horse in last year's Nevada Day Parade. Pierini is riding in Saturday's parade.
Adam Trumble

The second-longest serving sheriff in Douglas County history will be riding into the sunset at the end of the year.

But first, Ron Pierini will be riding third in Saturday’s Nevada Day Parade, accompanied by volunteers.

The sheriff is serving his fifth term since he was appointed in 1997.

Pierini is pretty familiar with the parade route, since he began his law enforcement career as a 17-year-old cadet in Carson City. He was first sworn in as a Carson deputy at 21 years old after he earned his degree in criminal justice from University of Nevada, Reno.

Douglas County will be well-represented in Saturday’s annual Nevada Day Parade.

The Tiger Battalion will be leading the charge on behalf of Douglas High School at the parade, even though they’re back in Division 3.

“The cadets are excited and looking forward to getting out and marching in the Nevada Day Parade, our first parade of the year,” Commander Ret. Maj. Marvin Ford said. “The cadets enjoy getting out in public, marching and performing in community events, activities and service.”

He said that 75-80 cadets will participate in the parade this year, due to the October break leading up to Nevada Day.

“We spent a couple of days last week practicing and preparing to march, so the cadets are ready,” he said.

The Tiger Battalion will be led by Cadet Lt. Col. Lindsay Carr and Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Brandon Stokes.

One of the earliest participants in the parade is the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, but it’s a political year, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the ranks of parade entries are swollen by politicians.

Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, and Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Gardnervile, lead off the list of political entries on the parade.

A little further back in the parade is Wheeler’s opponent in the election, Democrat Patricia Ackerman.

East Fork Justice of the Peace Candidate Cassandra Jones is not too far behind.

The Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California Spirit of America Wa She Shu will be featured on Saturday, as will Grace Christian Academy and Sierra Lutheran High School.

The Snowshoe Thompson Chapter 1827 E Clampus Vitus will also be marching on Saturday.

The Douglas HIgh School Fighting Tiger Marching Band will be competing at the Damonte Ranch Invitational on Saturday.

The River Fork Ranch in Genoa is hosting a community day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.