Douglas County Sheriff’s Office welcomes new deputy |

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office welcomes new deputy

Staff Reports

Undersheriff Paul Howell, left, and Sheriff Ron Pierini welcome Douglas County's newest deputy, Michael Barden. Barden, 28, was sworn in Monday at the Valley station.

Michael Barden was sworn in Monday as a new Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy in a ceremony held at the Valley station, in Minden.

Sheriff Ron Pierini said the appointment comes as a result of several months of testing and evaluation consisting of a written examination, physical agility test, oral interview, extensive background investigation, psychological evaluation, polygraph examination, and medical exam.

Barden, 28, will undergo a rigorous 12-week jail training program to provide him with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform his duties as a jail deputy.

Barden began as a DCSO Explorer. He continued as an advisor within the Explorers, while he attended Western Nevada College and the University of Phoenix, where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in criminal justice.