New troopers join Minden highway patrol office |

New troopers join Minden highway patrol office

by Merrie Leininger

Watch out, speeders – troopers Sean Jones and Chris Austin are on the job.

Sean Jones, 26, has been stationed at the Minden office of the Nevada Highway Patrol for about three months now and lives in Gardnerville with is wife, Jessica, and their two children, Sean Jr., 5, and Caitlin, 3.

Jones was transferred from Wells, where he was stationed for three years. Wells is 50 miles east of Elko. Jones said he is glad to be in Western Nevada.

“It’s close proximity to family,” Jones said. “Out in Wells, we were 450 miles away from everybody (in Quincy, Calif.).”

Jones, who was a Marine before applying with the NHP, also likes the outdoor recreation opportunities here.

“The geography is a better here, too. There is a big difference. I like being able to go to Tahoe and ski and go to the Lake,” he said.

His boss, Sgt. Phil Shemick, said Jones is a good cop.

“He just got here recently, but he got up to speed immediately and adapted well. I know he is fair-minded and everything I require in a trooper,” Shemick said.

Shemick is also happy with Trooper Chris Austin, 22.

“Chris came to us right out of the academy, and as people do, he has a lot to learn, but he learns quickly and has a good head on his shoulders,” Shemick said. “I have high expectations for his career. He is a hard worker.”

Austin said being a police officer is a dream come true for him.

“I worked for the state in the state mail room before,” he said. “(Being a trooper) is the best job in the world. It is just something I have always wanted to do.”

Austin and his wife, Lanett, still live in Carson City, but he said they are thinking about moving down to the Valley.

“I like the work. The action isn’t as much as Carson City, but I like Sgt. Shemick and all the people I work with,” Austin said.